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Blockchain/distributed ledger technology A game changer for the financial markets

Blockchain technology, also called distributed ledger technology, facilitates a number of innovations in the financial services sector. A distributed ledger is a public, decentralised account book originally developed as the technological foundation of the virtual currency bitcoin. In digital payment and business transactions, blockchain can be used to record transactions directly between users.

The financial sector quickly realised the large number of possible applications and blockchain’s potential to increase efficiency. A number of initiatives are currently exploring and specifying blockchain’s broad scope of application. Deutsche Börse has already invested in the development and introduction of state-of-the-art services using blockchain.

The activities include the development of a blockchain solution for cross-border securities transfer in cooperation with the Liquidity Alliance as well as the development of a functioning prototype for the blockchain-based settlement of securities transactions in cooperation with Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank. Moreover, DB1 Ventures, Deutsche Börse’s corporate venture capital arm, has acquired a minority stake – with a seat on the Board of Directors – in Digital Asset Holdings LLC, a New York-based company developing blockchain-based software, mainly for financial intermediaries. Deutsche Börse is also a general member of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project.

Deutsche Börse established a new area “DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures” that will focus on the further development of a Group-wide approach.

Infrastructure for the financial industry of tomorrow

We talked to Jens Hachmeister and Eric Leupold about the newly announced strategic partnership between Deutsche Börse, Swisscom and Sygnum.

Strategic partnership between Deutsche Börse, Swisscom and Sygnum

Trading infrastructure

The aim of this cooperation is to jointly build out and grow a trusted and regulatory compliant financial market infrastructure for digital assets.

Securities settlement via distributed ledger technology

Commerzbank and Deutsche Börse have successfully used DLT to execute a legally binding settlement of a repo transaction.

On market harmonisation and blockchain

Phillipe Seyll

Philippe Seyll, CEO of Clearstream Banking S.A., spoke with Börsen-Zeitung on developments in securities financing.

“Distributed ledger technology redefines markets”

Jens Hachmeister, Head of DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures

Jens Hachmeister, Head of DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures, in an interview with Börsen-Zeitung.

Deutsche Börse and HQLAX: progress on blockchain solution

Trading infrastructure

The technical set-up is close to final, as is the legal and regulatory framework. Six banks will join the platform at launch date.

“A Kodak moment – retailer edition”

“We have the opportunity to rewrite how our markets are structured in the future.” Jens Hachmeister, our Head of DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures shares his insights on the opportunities offered by the recent technological evolution.

Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse completed performance tests of prototypes

As a joint research project Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse have developed specified prototypes for securities settlement based on blockchain technology. First performance tests have been completed successfully.

STOXX licenses fully automated Blockchain Index to Coincapital

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STOXX has licensed the STOXX Yewno Developed Markets Blockchain Index to Toronto-based Coincapital. The index uses artificial intelligence to select its constituents.

Deutsche Börse presents “Roadmap 2020” strategy

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Deutsche Börse AG presented the details of its “Roadmap 2020” strategy at its annual Investor Day in London. It will focus on three strategic areas: organic growth, targeted acquisitions, and investments in new technologies.