While Blockchain Inches Closer, Final Capital Markets Leap Remains a Mystery, Panelists Say

Blockchain is coming to the capital markets, but what shape it takes is unclear

Emmanuel Aidoo, Credit Suisse

The distributed ledgers, most famously known for underpinning bitcoin, are all the rage; however, serious questions remain as to how they can work effectively in a capital markets context.

Panelists at this year's Waters USA conference noted a number of potential applications: settlement for syndicated loans, bonds and credit default swaps (CDSs) as well as letters-of-credit for trade finance. It's part of what Emmanual Aidoo, who runs the blockchain team at Credit Suisse, called a "race to zero

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