Thursday, January 10, 2019

Taking Stock of Blockchain for Improving Securities Services

Initial hype has ebbed and real progress is being made

Author: Ed Blount

The early torrent of media hyperbole about distributed ledger technologies (DLT), such as blockchain and shared ledgers, has now been supplanted by reflection on lessons learned. Scaling concerns were allayed to some degree by DTCC’s November 2018 report that its study of throughput capacity for DLT was sufficient to handle massive U.S. equity trading volumes. More positive ink came as a group of 15 global banks reportedly eased ahead from initial testing to a planned 2Q19 start date for adopting the newly re-coded $11 trillion Trade Information Warehouse at DTCC, in which IBM created a shared ledger for tracking the lifecycle events of 98% of all credit default swaps.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Global Banks in Test of US$11 Trillion Shared Ledger at DTCC

Regulators and Credit Derivatives industry prep for 2019 Go-live

Author: Ed Blount

Announced on November 6, 2018, the addition of Barclays brings to 15 the number of dealers in the main blockchain project of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). By recoding the DTCC’s Trade Information Warehouse (TIW) for bilateral credit derivatives in only 18 months, the securities depository and its team of IT consultants – IBM, Axoni and R3 – hope to show that distributed ledger technology and cloud platforms are feasible options for high volume transaction processing and recordkeeping systems -- initially for those services with similar data architectures on a permissioned platform.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Distributed Ledger Tech Can Process U.S. Stock Volumes, says DTCC

Accenture cloud model scales to 100 million trades daily in study prototype

Author: Ed Blount

On October 16, 2018, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) reported that “distributed ledger technology (DLT) is capable of supporting average daily trading volumes in the US equity market of more than 100 million trades per day.” Based on a cooperative study by Accenture, Digital Asset and R3, the clearing and settlement service provider said that DLT can process daily trading volume at peak rates of 6,300 trades per second for five continuous hours. Past benchmarks were based on cryptocurrency blockchains that now operate at fewer than 100 trades per second.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Disrupters Fail to Move Needle with Securities Lending Solutions

Bank of England hosts DLT vendors for industry review

Author: Ed Blount

The Bank of England's Securities Lending Committee took up the question of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in its September 24 meeting. Three vendors were invited to present their concepts to the group of nearly two dozen UK bankers and their regulators. The presentations and the Committee members' reactions were summarized in the minutes of the meeting. Each vendor approached the market from a different perspective, using a different aspect of DLT. Members found some value in the proposed solutions, yet were generally disappointed in the market impact of the innovative approaches.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

JPMorgan Chase Tests Blockchain Use for Securities Services

Prototype to consider benefits of shared ledgers, as well as challenges

Author: Ed Blount

On May 16, 2018, JPMorgan Chase unveiled Dromaius, its prototype of a shared ledger for capital market services, at Coindesk’s Consensus 2018 conference. The prototype is designed to test the use of the Ethereum blockchain technology in supporting a coordinated posting by multiple entities to a single encrypted securities bookkeeping system. JPMC executive director Christine Moy said that, “We think the technology has the potential to be transformative.”

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