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Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

Ehrlich Named COO of WSBA

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), a non-profit trade association, has appointed Steve Ehrlich as its first ever chief operating officer. Ehrlich will immediately focus his attention on driving value for WSBA members while simultaneously expanding the WSBA’s footprint and impact across global markets, the Alliance says.
The association adds that Ehrlich “brings over fifteen years of experience to the WSBA, and he is an acknowledged thought leader in the key areas of blockchain technology, financial markets, and fintech innovation”.

Blockchain Vs. Bitcoin: Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?

Galen Stops looks at why demand for cryptoassets has skyrocketed in 2017 and assesses whether they have any future in mainstream financial markets.

The first working implementation of a blockchain that the world had ever seen was in the Bitcoin software released in 2009. Bitcoin the cryptocurrency then rose to prominence in 2013 when, driven in part by a flurry of media attention, its value rose past $1,000 for the first time.

Following that, 2014 represented a long and painful year of price decline for Bitcoin as an asset, but it continued to garner a lot of attention, not always for good reasons. Then in 2015 the narrative began to change as people really started talking about the potential applications of blockchain technology distinct from any digital assets.

WSBA Announces Public Blockchain Working Group

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) has announced a new working group that will focus on native assets riding upon public blockchains, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Zcash.

The new Blockchain Assets Working Group will be chaired by Chris Burniske, blockchain products lead at ARK Investment Management (Ark), and will explore a number of facets of this emerging asset class, including underlying technologies, development teams, economics and market behaviour.

Explaining the focus of the new group, Burniske says: “Instead of focusing on how blockchain technology can be employed within existing financial architectures, this working group will return to the genesis of the blockchain movement that saw the need for native assets to keep decentralised and open systems in economic balance.

Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Adds FX Specialist

OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN) has joined the The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) as a corporate member.

OTCXN is utilises blockchain technologies and smart contracts for its peer-to-peer trading network, which will launch initially for the FX market.

OTCXN’s trading platform leverages proprietary blockchain and smart contracts technology designed to provide transparency and operational controls to enable safe and secure trading directly between counterparties, even if they are not known to one another.

The aim of OTCXN is to replace the current credit system in FX, whereby firms are required to establish credit arrangements with prime brokers – a process that can take as long as 18 months to complete – in order to participate in the FX marketplace.

Calypso Joins Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

Calypso Technology has joined the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) as a corporate member. The WSBA, which is a non-profit trade association, claims that the addition of Calypso reflects the ever increasing need for blockchain knowledge and expertise across multiple segments and disciplines of financial markets. “We are very pleased to have Calypso join the […]