How can businesses absorb disruptive impact and begin to integrate these new business models in existing and new streams of business opportunity? NFTs have taken the world by storm. Rejuvenating the blockchain movement started by Bitcoin, followed by smart contract platform Ethereum, NFTs seem to be a natural progression in the explosion of asset tokenization, […] The post The rising NFT tide lifts all tokens: So what is an NFT? appeared first on Blockchain Pulse: IBM Blockchain Blog.
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Paper-intensive financial instruments, especially those that require back-and-forth negotiations between parties, are ripe for digitization and blockchain. Add in the potential for fraud with paper processes, and the rationale for blockchain is even greater. The bank guarantee, or letter of guarantee, is just such an instrument. Bank guarantees facilitate doing business by adding trust to […] The post Blockchain and letters of guarantee appeared first on Blockchain Pulse: IBM Blockchain Blog.
I always know when interest in digital assets is heating up because everyone from my family, friends and colleagues, to the mailperson start asking me questions on how to get involved. You’re probably asking yourself; but why now? Bitcoin has been around since 2009. What’s so different this time? Well, the difference is regulators are […] The post Digital assets, a new paradigm for financial services appeared first on Blockchain Pulse: IBM Blockchain Blog.
According to the 2020 Global Trade Survey from the International Chamber of Commerce, trade and trade finance are in a state of global uncertainty, in part due to COVID-19. While many banks surveyed expressed concern over pandemic-related declines in trade flows and revenues, the survey also found that lockdowns and working from home are hastening […] The post Blockchain and trade finance appeared first on Blockchain Pulse: IBM Blockchain Blog.
Global payments giants, Visa, is actively ramping up its pursuit of embracing blockchain technology, but will this added brand power form a catalyst for more mainstream adoption? Blockchain is the driving force behind the development of cryptocurrencies. Without a distributed digital ledger, digital coins would be incapable of being the decentralized entities that they are […] The post Passport to innovation: Paving the way to mainstream blockchain adoption appeared first on Blockchain Pulse: IBM Blockchain Blog.
There is a genuine need to digitize the archaic process by which tenants, banks and landlords negotiate bank guarantees. When a retailer wants to lease a property to open a store, the landlord requires a bank guarantee that says, “You’re good for the rent.” To date, this process has been primarily paper dependent. Today, some […] The post Bank guarantees: Jumping from paper to blockchain appeared first on Blockchain Pulse: IBM Blockchain Blog.