The whys and hows of banks and the blockchain

The blockchain technology at the heart of the cryptocurrency bitcoin has opened up a number of possibilities for the banking industry. Here's what's in it for financial institutions.

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Is the blockchain that big a deal?

Major financial institutions such as JP Morgan are finishing up blockchain technology pilot tests and other businesses are starting to jump on board, as well. But is blockchain tech worth the hype?

Should governments use blockchain technology?

The Trump administration has expressed interest in blockchain technology, which raises a few questions: Should government entities use the blockchain? And if so, what are some of the use cases?

Blockchain tech: A closer look

It's rare for a day to go by without a bank, startup or financial firm jumping on board the blockchain hype train. But before we get too excited, however, we need to understand the basics of the blockchain.

Top 5 January stories: virtual currency and blockchain 'basics' dominate reader interest despite bitcoin's 2017 price surge

While bitcoin's price has been on a rapid increase since the start of the new year, the public at large is still learning about virtual currency and blockhain technologoy. The five best read stories in January demonstrate that reality.

Why the blockchain will change financial services delivery forever

One area that has lagged in innovation is financial services. Though money is inherently a conservative market, many predicted some time ago that providers would innovate quickly or be replaced.

How to create a new virtual currency, part 2: the role of miners

A virtual currrency expert explores the key role that miners play in supporting a virtual currency in part 2 of a two-part series.

Top 5 December stories: bitcoin basics, its price surge and new blockchain technology applications capture readers’ interest

The top five best read stories once again covered a wide range of virtual currency topics, reflecting the diverse interests among the young industry's readers.

How to create a new virtual currency, part 1

A virtual currency expert explains the elements of virtual currency, including a peer-to-peer network, a content delivery system, cryptographic hashing, digital signatures and transferring value on the network. These elements are the basis for an anonymous system for exchanging money and information.

How blockchain technology disrupts securities registration

Blockchain technology makes securities registration more secure and efficient. Because blockchains are decentralized systems, they provide a distributed method of equity registration and information tracking, bringing greater ease of use and improved security.

Top 5 November stories: mining profitability, regulations and basics dominate reader interest

Virtual currency is a young industry characterized by rapid technological change and increasingly intense regulatory scrutiny. These aspects were evident in the five best read VirtualCurrencyToday stories in November.

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The rise and rise of bitcoin; how virtual currencies are taking over

Virtual currencies offer numerous benefits over more traditional currencies. Being decentralized, they are less susceptible to online fraud. As digital currencies, they also afford security from physical world currency issues such as theft or loss.

SEC ruling on bitcoin ETF marks a turning point either way

Whichever way the US Securities and Exchange Commission rules on a proposal by the Winklevoss twins for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund, the agency's decision will have a positive impact on the future of digital currencies.



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