Ep. 60. DLT is faster than your post trade

August 23rd, 2018 · 53 mins 52 secs

About this Episode

Simon and Sara are with Teana Baker-Taylor CMO of Coinfloor, Michele Curtoni, Director of Digital Assets, Blockchain at State Street, and Alex Hern, Technology Reporter at the Guardian to go over the biggest blockchain stories of the week.

First up the panel looks at ASX's declaration that a new DLT system could save billions. The Australian Securities Exchange could save as much as $23 billion in its effort to replace its settlement system with a distributed ledger, its CEO announced Thursday. Dominic Stevens, MD and CEO of ASX believes DLT in place of Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS), would offer greater efficiency transmitting messages and accessing information.

California opens up to allowing crypto political donations. The California Fair Political Practices Commission met on Thursday to discuss a number of election issues, including whether candidates for public office can accept cryptocurrencies as campaign donations.

There's a blow to Bitcoin as Coinbase CEO makes a stark warning. He has warned that widespread, mass bitcoin adoption for payments is going to be a long time coming, Bitcoin price is down some 70% from its highs at the end of last year and many of newer cryptocurrencies that have been created in the last few years have been all but wiped out.

Venezuela just devalued the bolívar by 95% and pegged it to a cryptocurrency. Venezuela has announced another series of desperate measures to try to save its economy from collapse. The government is devaluing the Venezuelan bolívar by 95% and pegging it to the government's oil-linked cryptocurrency.

Nividia gives disappointing sales forecast on lower crypto demand. Nvidia Corp.’s nine-month crypto gold rush is over, sales of graphics chips to miners of cryptocurrencies like Ethereum dried up faster than expected. Nvidia said it had expected about $100 million in sales of chips bought by currency miners in the fiscal second quarter. Instead, the total was $18 million in the period, and that revenue is likely to disappear entirely going forward.

Lack of Correlation for Bitcoin sees little relief as Markets Sell Off. While cryptocurrencies aren’t correlated with other asset classes, they’re strongly correlated among themselves. Bitcoin has held a correlation of over 0.7 with Bitwise’s 70 Small Cap and 10 Large Cap crypto indexes for most of the year.

We also have a Tweet of the Week on how to explain Bitcoin to your grandpa.

All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!

We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes.

This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Holly Blaxill and Michael Bailey.