A reckoning in the digital asset industry that started in June after the collapse of improperly collateralized investment assets gained new urgency in November. Following the professional and possibly legal improprieties that led to bankruptcy and chaos at the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, the industry is regrouping and putting distance between legitimate market participants and … [Read more...] about Disentangling the Crypto Crash of 2022
As major financial institutions continue wading into the digital waters of the future of currency, they're faced with questions that crypto, in many ways, has never really had to answer. What makes digital assets a currency? What makes stablecoins stable? Stablecoins are an increasingly important plank in the cryptosystem - greasing the wheels of the system and providing an … [Read more...] about Architecting The Future of Digital Assets in Banking
This post marks the seventh anniversary of FinTech Rising. I wrote the first posts while attending the 2014 Sibos* conference in Boston. The biggest thing I learned at that conference was the emergence of bitcoin into the mainstream financial system. As I wrote in that first FinTech Rising post, "Throughout the conference, the line on Bitcoin went something like this: It may … [Read more...] about FinTech and Crypto: 7 Years On
Could stablecoin be an idea whose time has arrived? The industry remains niche in terms of overall value, but as more competitors test the ground to enter the field - including large central banks in some countries like Sweden - the conversation has rapidly developed into what could be suggested to be an inevitability. Stablecoins - in this case, cryptocurrency tied directly … [Read more...] about Stablecoin: A Faster Future?
It’s broadly agreed that the rails that exist for payments – both domestically and globally – are antiquated. While there has been any number of advances and shifts toward digital wrappers and new ways for consumers to move money around, on the backend the payment rails themselves are roughly the same as they were 50 years ago. Those rails have built the backbone for a … [Read more...] about The Programmable Future of Currency