HSBC Exec Warns ‘Digital Islands’ Could Inhibit Blockchain Trade

Blockchains should do for the global value chain what shipping containers did for transport of goods, says HSBC trade finance expert Vinay Mendonca.

Business  ·  5 June 2018

SWIFT Claims ‘Huge’ Progress on DLT Bank Pilot

SWIFT, the interbank communications firm, has announced the results of a proof-of-concept program using DLT for bank transactions.

Markets  ·  8 March 2018
JP Morgan

Enterprise Blockchain May Be Ready for Its Breakout

This detailed analysis of enterprise blockchain reveals a number of reason why enterprise blockchain may be on the verge of its mainstream moment.

Business  ·  5 February 2018

Swift Signs Agreement With 7 CSDs to Explore Blockchain for Post-Trade

Swift formalizes another major blockchain project by signing a memorandum of understanding with seven Central Securities Depositories.

Policy & regulation  ·  16 January 2018

Microsoft CEO Challenges Swift: Build ‘Useful’ Blockchain Applications

The CEO of Microsoft believes blockchain can have "massive implications," a comment that helped close Swift's annual Sibos conference this year.

Business  ·  20 October 2017

Blockchain of the Vanities? Sibos, Swell and Stellar Troll in Toronto

No one won the game of trolls, but competition between Swift, Ripple and Stellar is still fierce, even though it might be too early for fists.

Business  ·  19 October 2017

Downplaying ‘Digital Assets’: Blockchain Reigns at Ripple’s Swell Event

An upstart financial conference yesterday saw discussion of digital assets – though so-called "unregulated" cryptocurrencies were the butt of barbs.

Policy & regulation  ·  17 October 2017

Sibos Highlights Swift’s Complicated Relationship With Blockchain

Day one of Swift's annual Sibos conference found the interbank messaging platform under pressure from the rising tide of cryptocurrencies.

Business  ·  16 October 2017
Smart Contracts

Swift Startup Winner Demos Smart Contract Trade with 5 Financial Firms

Blockchain startup SmartContract has today unveiled a new a proof-of-concept built with assistance from five major financial institutions.

Business  ·  16 October 2017

Swift Blockchain Success Sets Stage for Sibos

Swift declares its blockchain proof-of-concept a success, but in the build up to its biggest annual event, implementation is far from certain.

Business  ·  13 October 2017

Boston Fed VP: Blockchain Will Wake Up Swift and Other Middlemen

The senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston believes blockchain will make financial middlemen wake up and innovate.

Policy & regulation  ·  3 October 2017

Barclays Joins CLS Blockchain Consortium in Search of Swift Alternative

Barclays has become the latest major financial institution to join the foreign exchange-focused blockchain consortium CLS.

Business  ·  25 September 2017

Bernanke, Berners-Lee to Headline Ripple’s ‘Sibos-Killer’ Conference

Distributed ledger startup Ripple is ramping up its competition with banking services provider Swift by launching a rival conference this fall.

Business  ·  24 August 2017

Swift’s Cross-Border Blockchain Trial Is Moving Into Its Next Phase

Swift has completed development work on its first blockchain proof-of-concept, and six global banks are about to put it through its paces.

Business  ·  21 August 2017

22 Banks Join Swift’s Cross-Border Blockchain Trial

Swift's months-long cross border blockchain trial is expanding with the entrance of more than twenty additional financial firms.

Business  ·  6 July 2017