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LSE Interested in Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers? CEO Hints Yes

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On May 2, CNBC published an interview with Nikhil Rathi, the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, a 300-year old trading venue. In the interview, Rathi gave hints that the LSE is looking at blockchain technology.

Here’s what we know.

LSE Interested in Blockchain

According to CNBC, Nikhil Rathi, who has been the CEO of the LSE since 2015, said the exchange is keeping an eye on blockchain. He also said the LSE has noticed an “interesting array of different ideas,” from competing exchanges. Before the exchange, which is one of the oldest in the world, moves into the blockchain sector, however, Rathi says it is waiting to see which ideas “gain market traction.”

While Rathi said the LSE is waiting to make a move, the CEO did hint at areas in which the exchange has been looking at. “You can certainly see distributed ledger technology having an application in the issuance process. I can see that technology being used in settlement too,” he told CNBC. If this is the area the LSE is looking to move into, we could soon see the London Stock Exchange using distributed ledgers for settling trades and issuing stocks.

Are We Surprised?

As monumental as it would be for the LSE to add blockchain to its technology inventory, the possibility of this happening isn’t surprising. Why? Because the London Stock Exchange has previously been open about its focus on blockchain technology. In 2019, the exchange purchased a minority stake (the exact amount of the investment was not disclosed) in Nivaura, a London-based blockchain startup.

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Takeaway

What do you think about the LSE looking at blockchain use? Do you think it would be beneficial if the exchange used distributed ledgers for settling trades? Let us know what you think in the comments below! And be sure to keep an eye on this story!

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Monero (XMR) Still Vulnerable Despite Receiving Support from Nick Szabo

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Monero

Like most digital coins, Monero (XMR) is equally vulnerable despite its bullish trading pattern against the US dollar. With privacy becoming more important each day, Monero is already well-positioned in that regard. The network has shown some resiliency despite its dependence on developers rejecting miner monopolization efforts.

Monero Receives Backing from Nick Szabo

There have been concerted efforts regarding privacy by citizens who are opposed to the behemoths focusing on personal data collection and processing for their own gain. For instance, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been in the spotlight regarding privacy issues despite recently agreeing a $5 billion penalty with regulators. The company is expected to launch its crypto coin dubbed Libra, which is backed by a number of fiat currencies.

Given the privacy concerns that Facebook has had in recent times, it remains to be seen whether it will be trusted with financial information. As Facebook faces a storm, on the other end, there is Monero, which is the most discernible privacy coin and will most likely flourish as such. It has already received backing by the creator of smart contracts, Nick Szabo.

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Cheap, Secure, and Decentralized coin

This is an enormous opportunity that will reinforce the ambition Monero developers have of producing a perfect coin that is secure and affordable, as well as one that is not vulnerable since it will be decentralized completely. However, there is a trade-off when it comes to the quest for a decentralized coin. The network may be vulnerable as its computing power may be less secure due to the frequent updates.

Currently, Monero (XMR) is stable but still under pressure, just like Bitcoin and other coins, and there is a possibility of bears flowing back. XMR’s flexible resistance level of $100 is likely to edge lower unless a surge happens beyond the middle Bollinger Band.

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PayPal Makes Blockchain Investment in Cambridge Blockchain

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Paypal blockchain

It’s a bullish day in the cryptosphere. Paypal makes a blockchain investment and Bitcoin jumps above $5,079 USD.

Bitcoin Jump: April Fool’s Joke?

Bitcoin gained 21% in early trade and has now slightly corrected back down to $4,712 according to CoinMarketCap. However, no one knows why the Bitcoin jump happened in the first place. Now, some investors wonder if the rally was the result of some sort of April Fool’s joke.

Zhao Changpeng, the chief executive officer of Binance, tweeted earlier today that he was “clueless” about what may have triggered Bitcoin’s jump.

Crypto Winter

Packing on over $600 in one night, the last time Bitcoin hit levels like this was in November. The top cryptocurrency plunged more than 70% in 2018 and has been stagnating through most of 2019 thus far. This period has been dubbed the “crypto winter,” and while today’s rally is impressive, analysts believe that “the bounce is not enough to reset crypto winter.”

According to Julien Auchecorne, London-based chief operating officer at XBTO International: “we have no major new products and last year’s big breakthroughs are still in their nascent stage.”

For Bitcoin’s jump to sustain itself, then bulls should hope for a bigger fundamental reason for the coin to climb.

PayPal

Elsewhere in the blockchain industry, payment giant PayPal has made its first blockchain investment debut.

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Announced today, PayPal has joined a Series A funding round for Cambridge Blockchain, a startup that helps financial institutions and other companies manage sensitive data using shared ledgers.

The investment amount has not been disclosed but what is known thus far is that Cambridge Blockchain has so far raised a total of $3.5 million in new equity. The firm has several investors who have backed it over the past nine months. So far, the blockchain startup has raised a total capital of $10.5 million.

This is the first investment PayPal has put into a blockchain company. The move may help to encourage greater adoption of blockchain technology and its relevant assets.

Between the massive Bitcoin jump and PayPal’s blockchain investment, there is good news all round in the cryptocurrency industry today!

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Deutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Interbank Information Network Platform

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Interbank Information Network

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has joined 320 other banks in the JPMorgan blockchain network, the Interbank Information Network (IIN).

The move aims to lower cost for Deutsche Bank, which handles a vaster amount of euro payments relative to any other bank globally. This will also enhance cross-border transactions and thus avoid the costly lag periods.

IIN Platform to Enhance Cross-Border Transactions

According to the bank’s head of cash management globally, Ole Matthiessen, the Interbank Information Network will allow the bank to provide customers with enhanced services. He added that competitors are not just the banks anymore, because there are new players currently in the market. He said that Deutsche Bank needs to be more efficient for it to offer a smooth real-time digital experience to clients.

Matthiessen also indicated that the bank will equally employ the IIN platform in sharing of KYC checks with other financial institutions.

The JPMorgan-led blockchain launched in 2017, and currently, it has a network of 320 banks. Banks exchange payment data between each other through the Ethereum network. The IIN network runs on the JPMorgan Quorum platform and was recently reported to be almost full by co-founder Vitalik Buterin. This is because it is the most common blockchain network for dApps

JPMorgan Looks to Add More Banks on the Platform

JPMorgan’s head of payments, Takis Georgakopoulos, stated if the IIN platform were to have only JPMorgan clients, then it would likely have huge limitations. He added that that will mean that the rest of the smaller banks would still have separate procedures. This is because how they transact with JPMorgan and with other banks would still be different.

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Georgakopoulos stated that the IIN can accelerate transactions and issues through the provision of a “mutually accessible ledger,” which will save money and time. He expressed his optimism that with having the Deutsche Bank on-board, this will open opportunities for other large banks to go on-board with the IIN platform too.

Besides IIN, R3 and MasterCard’s cross-border blockchain platforms are also working to enhance the speed of global transactions. Despite there being 57 real-time payment platforms in over 72 countries, none are applicable universally.

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