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BlackRock and Northern Trust Express Interest in Blockchain

BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world with $6.3 trillion in AUM, is reportedly evaluating the crypto-space, according to CEO Larry Fink, who told Reuters that the firm has assembled a working group focused on blockchain technology and digital assets such as Bitcoin.

Litecoin Foundation Acquires Stake in WEB Bank

Litecoin creator and Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation Charlie Lee announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Litecoin Foundation has acquired a 9.9% stake in the German financial institution WEG Bank AG.  The equity was received from TokenPay, a strategic partner of the Litecoin Foundation, who transferred their shares in exchange for technical assistance with various blockchain projects from the Litecoin Foundation.

Goldman Sachs to open a Bitcoin Derivatives Trading Operation

The finance giant Goldman Sachs has announced that the investment bank will begin using its own funds to trade a variety of derivatives contracts tied to the price of Bitcoin with the bank’s large institutional clients. Goldman Sachs has historically maintained a more open mind to cryptocurrency than most of its competitors. Back in January, the investment bank issued a nine-page report to some of its clients entitled “Bitcoin is Money.”

Blockchain-Based Online Voting

Could Distributed Ledger Technology Aid Corporate and State Governance?

The Agency Problem: Aligning Incentives between Corporations and Capital Providers

 

The New Financial Paradigm:

Understanding Blockchains' Impact across the financial system - Report 2

 

This report addresses the challenge of overcoming incentive problems between those within a firm and those outside it. Corporate managers have greater information about the value of a firm than outside creditors and investors do. Unchecked, this information asymmetry can result in incentive mismatches between corporate managers, external creditors, and external investors, reducing firm value by causing:

The New Financial Paradigm: Understanding blockchains' impact across the financial system

 

“Blockchain will become the ‘beating heart’ of the global financial system.”1

- World Economic Forum


Rarely does a single technology impact the entire financial system. Now, blockchain is poised to do just that. How will financial practice change as a result? What do financial professionals need to know in order to benefit from a technology that MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito predicts “will do to the financial system what the internet did to media.”2

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