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Korea’s Crypto Crackdown Talk Draws Backlash From Users and Politicians

Korea’s Crypto Crackdown Talk Draws Backlash From Users and Politicians

More than 100,000 South Korea residents have signed petitions asking the government there to step back from any plans to close the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges. Earlier this week, the South Korean Justice Ministry announced that it was preparing legislation to close the country’s online exchanges […]

Banks and the Blockchain Blues

Banks and the Blockchain Blues

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. Like the misleading opening of a well-crafted thriller, the blockchain bustle in the banking sector is sending a confusing message. […]

Bank Blockchain Integration: A Challenge Overcome

Bank Blockchain Integration: A Challenge Overcome

John Whelan is blockchain lab director at Banco Santander, where he specializes in the application of blockchains, distributed ledgers and smart contracts within the financial industry. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. For the past couple of years, there has been […]

Volatility: A Necessary Ingredient for Monetary and Social Transition

Volatility: A Necessary Ingredient for Monetary and Social Transition

Farzam Ehsani (@farzamehsani) is the blockchain lead at RMB and the Chairperson of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC). The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. Nothing lasts forever – we live in a world that is subject to […]

Swift Startup Winner Demos Smart Contract Trade with 5 Financial Firms

Swift Startup Winner Demos Smart Contract Trade with 5 Financial Firms

Blockchain startup SmartContract is officially unveiling a new a proof-of-concept (PoC) built with assistance from five major financial institutions today at Swift’s Sibos conference. Designed to show how smart contracts could simplify the buying, selling and payment of dividends from bonds, the project makes notable […]