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Today, state sponsored money is under pressure. The emergence of two threats has added urgency to the agenda to defend it.

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Here’s what I think is going on with digital assets and security tokens and why it’s the most exciting thing going on in finance right now. There are two parallel streams of innovation: A new technology, and increased automation. New Technology Blockchains enable anyone to issue and transfer unique digital assets (tokens) with guarantees that …

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In this post I explore how legal title to publicly listed shares works in Hong Kong, the USA, and Singapore. Then I relate this to tokens recorded on blockchains. Hong Kong I learnt something interesting on Monday when the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission published a consultation paper on paperless securities. (Disclosure: I am …

The post Who legally owns all the shares? Not you. appeared first on Bits on Blocks.

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I was getting my daily hit of Matt Levine’s excellent Money Stuff this morning (subscribe here!). In my favourite blockchain blockchain blockchain section he noted: But a popular pattern in the crypto/token/blockchain world is that someone will come along and be like “finally, through tokenization, we have invented a way to slice _________ into bits …

The post Tokens – Lowering the Barriers to Innovation appeared first on Bits on Blocks.

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Last week I went out with for a beer and pizza with Colin G Platt of Blockchain Insider fame after we did a podcast interview about my book The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains at the 11FS office in Devonshire Square in London. Quite appropriately we settled down at the The Bell, a pub in …

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In this post I articulate what a peer-to-peer transaction is, why Bitcoin transactions are not peer-to-peer, and why it is important to understand the differences clearly.

The post Bitcoin’s payments are not peer-to-peer! appeared first on Bits on Blocks.

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Yesterday I did an recording where the interviewer asked me a simple question – what is blockchain? This got me thinking – I had no go-to answer for this. People use this word to cover a wide range of networks and platforms, and some platforms such as R3’s Corda (Note: I work at R3) are …

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In this post I describe why freeing financial assets from the books of custodians and returning control of them to their owners could create significant benefits to an economy. This brings together concepts from traditional finance, cryptocurrencies, and enterprise blockchains.

The post Banking when the bank is shut – Token maximalism appeared first on Bits on Blocks.

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Another day, another catastrophic data breach.  This time it’s medical records in Singapore, where I live.  At this stage we’re almost immune to this kind of headline: Cyberattack on Singapore health database steals details of 1.5 million, including Prime Minister (Reuters) But this is quite bad.  Eileen Yu noted in her piece for ZDNet (my emphasis): […]
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The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains is an essential guide for anyone who needs to learn about cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and business blockchains.  Written in plain English, it provides a balanced and hype-free grounding in the essential concepts behind the revolutionary technology. It is available on Amazon.

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