Distributed Ledger’s Promise a Few Years Off
Distributed ledgers might change financial services forever, but for now, financial firms should be prepared to take baby steps for at least a few years, according to experts.
The initial offerings that use distributed-ledger technology will not change the industry overnight, he added.
“There will be blockchain projects that go into production in 2018, but we expect it will be an incremental journey,” said Coates. “Next year’s use cases won’t be particularly ambitious or disruptive yet. We are just going to have to get people’s comfort levels up and solve some small problems before the regulators and bank senior management are comfortable to expand its use to solve industry problems from siloed versions of the truth.”
Greenfield projects likely will bear fruit the quickest while those projects replacing existing workflows will take longer to accomplish.
Anytime an organization attempts to replace existing workflows that is when roadblock begin to appear, Coates noted.
One novel use case where he expects the technology that will change the industry is in the field of digital identity.
The greatest hurdle to overcome in the adoption of distributed ledger is not the technology, but those who look to use the technology.
Whether consortia can deliver industry standards that may revolutionize on business line within an organization while disrupting another, such as brokerage and custody, has yet to be answered, Coates added.
The network is driving adoption of standardized post-trade swap data models and workflows.
The market maker will contribute real-time crypto market data before expanding into equities.
Pyth is built on a blockchain to handle receipt and distribution of fast-moving data.
Interoperability with current capital markets infrastructure is a challenge.
Investors have more understanding on the operational side of crypto markets.