Distributed ledger technology

That IBM blockchain? Northern Trust says it works


For high-value, low-volume transactions, that is. Big Blue formally launched the platform Tuesday, but the custody bank has been using it for months, as has a group of Canadian institutions.


Digital currency exchange readies expansion into hot U.S. market


The Japanese exchange bitFlyer has processed $30 billion in bitcoin trades so far in 2017. Now it has its sights set on American crypto enthusiasts.


Can Betsy Duke fix Wells?; JPM execs making noise


Sanger is out at Wells Fargo and so it is a crisis that gives us our first female board chair at a major U.S. bank. Women lead two major tech initiatives at JPMorgan Chase, which is also adding a fourth woman to its executive committee.


NSFW? Microsoft tries to make blockchains work-appropriate


The business world has been seeking the benefits of distributed ledgers but worries about security, control, privacy, performance and other issues. Microsoft says its new Coco framework will solve all these and more.


'To unbank the banked': Comments of the Week


Readers react to USAA teaming up with Amazon’s Alexa, how a new Wells Fargo’s scandal could affect arbitration rules, a digital identity startup’s ambitions, and more.


Why banks should embrace ICOs — from a lawyer


Christine Duhaime, an anti-money-laundering attorney in Toronto, lays out the reasons banks should become early experts in and assist in initial coin offerings. She also lays out the risks, especially in the wake of the SEC’s report suggesting some ICO tokens are really securities.


Blockchain tokens may be the future of finance — if regulators allow it


Startups and open-source software projects have raised $1.3 billion this year through initial coin offerings. The real boom may still lie ahead, fears of a bubble notwithstanding.


SEC report may put an end to ICO boom


The federal agency's investigative report concludes that crowdsales of blockchain tokens known as initial coin offerings may need to comply with securities laws.


Tezos raises $232 million for new cryptocurrency project


A new blockchain network that promises to compete with Ethereum is taking the token sale trend to the next level.


What’s really holding back blockchain in financial services


It’s not speed, which will steadily if not exponentially increase in the near term. It’s the centralists that are holding onto their roles as reconcilers of data.