Major Oil Firms, Banks Partner to Launch Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodity Trading

Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading. The partnership was reported by independent news agency covering energy and commodities markets S&P Global Platts Monday, Nov. 12. Apart from the three oil companies mentioned above, Vakt includes banks ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale, along with trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria. The blockchain solution, first announced in November 2017, will enable major industry players to move from “cumbersome” paperwork…

Drug Barons, Rogue States and Terror Groups Use Banks – Can Blockchain Stop Them?

  Scathing reports by regulators have accused traditional banks of inadvertently helping “drug kingpins and rogue nations” – enabling them to commit money laundering, make questionable transfers and evade economic sanctions and taxes. It is a problem that dates back decades. Indeed, an article in The New York Times from 1989 estimated that $100 billion in revenues from cocaine sales in the US alone were ending up in the hands of a violent drug cartel in Colombia. The advent of electronic wire transfers was to blame, with one politician warning:…

Post-Trade Financial Services Giant, 15 Major Banks Test DLT Project for Credit Derivatives

Global post-trade market infrastructure giant The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is entering the testing phase of its replatformed Trade Information Warehouse (TIW) based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), according to a press release published Nov. 6. DTCC’s warehouse provides event processing services for around 98 percent of all credit derivatives transactions in the global marketplace. The infrastructure provider is now reportedly working with fifteen of the world’s leading banks to test its new DLT-based restructuring of the warehouse. While participant banks in DTCC’s 2016 proof-of-concept (PoC) included Bank…

15 Banks Join DTCC Post-Trade Blockchain as Project Enters Testing

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has advanced its main blockchain project to a testing phase with 15 global banks, one of the last steps before taking the tech live.  Announced today, U.K.-based Barclays is among the global banks participating in the test, while the other 14 were not named. Together they will be kicking the tires of DTCC’s distributed ledger and cloud-based platform for its credit derivatives Trade Information Warehouse (TIW). Upon successful completion, DTCC expects to move to an “open” testing phase by the end of the year,…