Monday, March 28, 2016

Blockchain as an Exchange

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It's the sort of deal that could revolutionise markets. Salt Lake City online retailer Overstock is trying to prove it can do without stock exchanges and hangers-on like brokers by issuing bonds and shares on its own blockchain-based exchange.

The move suggests blockchain, the new version of the most boring bit of finance – the general ledger that records transactions – might be even more profound than the hype suggests.[..]

"Blockchain is a new way of sharing data and information between parties that are naturally connected to each other that creates a single indisputable version of the truth," he told the Financial Review Business Summit.[..]

"You have brokers, wealth platforms, tech vendors, exchanges, trading, clearing, settlement, custodians, sub custodians, registries and companies.

"It is an extraordinarily complex, sequential process for what is a very simple transaction – buying and selling shares, paying dividends, allowing people to vote at an AGM.