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What the future might hold for cryptocurrency prime brokerage

The steady growth of professional trading activity in the cryptocurrency markets over the last decade is undeniable but opaque, hard to interpret and full of risks. The experienced traders from the FX and hedge fund markets that dominate cryptocurrency trading have encouraged the emergence of “prime brokerage” services akin to those they have long usedContinue reading “What the future might hold for cryptocurrency prime brokerage”

The changeable burden that regulation is about to lay on digital asset custodians: Article

Safe custody is the service that will unlock corporate issuance and institutional investing in the securities, asset-backed, non-fungible and fund token markets. While there is widespread recognition that regulation of digital asset custodians would accelerate progress, regulators around the world have so far reached consensus on combating financial crime only. Even that is proceeding slowlyContinue reading “The changeable burden that regulation is about to lay on digital asset custodians: Article”

Is tokenisation of privately managed assets a dynamo, a diversion or a dead-end?: Article

Privately managed assets have become the default choice for tokenisation enthusiasts. The reasoning behind their choice is hard to fault. The advertised benefits of tokenisation apply a fortiori to the asset class. Privately managed assets – especially hedge funds and real estate, but also equity issuers that might previously have used the private placement orContinue reading “Is tokenisation of privately managed assets a dynamo, a diversion or a dead-end?: Article”

Fund tokenisation is coming soon to a jurisdiction near you: Article

Tokenised funds exist already in the United States and Singapore. Asset managers are not only issuing tokenised funds but backing projects whose ambition is to facilitate the large-scale tokenisation of shares in mutual funds. What are the benefits they see? At this event, the coming tokenisation of the mutual funds industry will be discussed, inContinue reading “Fund tokenisation is coming soon to a jurisdiction near you: Article”

How long must we wait for the flagship security token issuers?: Articles

Where are the flagship issuers of security tokens? This is the crucial question now facing the security token markets. The benefits to issuers of tokenisation – much reduced issuance and servicing fees, a lower minimum fund-raising threshold, faster speed to market, and access to new investors – are now well-understood by issuers. The infrastructure toContinue reading “How long must we wait for the flagship security token issuers?: Articles”

The fastest and cheapest way to be operationally resilient is to change the operating model: Article

The global Pandemic put to the test operational resilience plans developed to deal with non-viral types of both natural (earthquakes, fire and flood) and unnatural (chiefly terrorist attacks) disasters. It quickly exposed the continuing reliance of many financial market institutions and infrastructures on face-to-face exchanges and manual processing, surveillance and authorisation procedures. Employees struggled toContinue reading “The fastest and cheapest way to be operationally resilient is to change the operating model: Article”

Why the case for regulating cryptocurrencies is becoming unanswerable

A summary of the webinar of July 14 2022 entitled Why the case for regulating cryptocurrencies is becoming unanswerable. SUMMARY 0.25: What is the case for regulating cryptocurrencies? The dream of Satoshi Nakamoto – the replacement of inflationary central bank-issued fiat currency transformed by the lending activities of banks into commercial bank money by aContinue reading “Why the case for regulating cryptocurrencies is becoming unanswerable”

Has reform of cross border payments lost its mojo?

A summary of the webinar of June 22 2022 entitled Has reform of cross border payments lost its mojo? SUMMARY 5.14 Is progress towards cheaper, faster, more accessible and more transparent cross-border payments too slow? Making cross- border payments faster, cheaper, more accessible and more transparent in terms of cost has support at the highest politicalContinue reading “Has reform of cross border payments lost its mojo?”

How banks can make money in the Metaverse

A summary of the webinar of June 17 2022 entitled How banks can make money in the Metaverse? SUMMARY What is the Metaverse? Definitions of the Metaverse tend to be either verbose and obscure or too succinct to explain anything. A lack of familiarity with the virtual world of gaming – the current version theContinue reading “How banks can make money in the Metaverse”

Is it the destiny of Blockchain to become the Open Infrastructure?

A summary of the webinar of May 26 2022 entitled Is it the destiny of Blockchain to become the Open Infrastructure? SUMMARY Is it the destiny of Blockchain to become the Open Infrastructure? Is Blockchain just another software or database technology or is it a general purpose technology capable of totally transforming our economy andContinue reading “Is it the destiny of Blockchain to become the Open Infrastructure?”