How is Blockchain Disrupting the Banking Sector?

CIO Review APAC | Monday, June 21, 2021

The benefits of implementing blockchain in banking include decentralized trust, enhanced security, immutability, and better efficiency while lowering investment costs.

FREMONT, CA: Blockchain is a technology that is now being acknowledged and investigated. Across sectors, the technology is being utilized to boost efficiency, cut timeframes, investment costs, and avoid manual ledgers, all while remaining safe and secure. The benefits of implementing blockchain in banking include decentralized trust, enhanced security, immutability, and better efficiency while lowering investment costs. Continue reading to learn how blockchain technology could be applied in the banking services business.

Blockchain technology builds confidence among participants and allows them to reach an agreement without the use of intermediaries. Furthermore, blockchain enables self-executing contracts, which are smart contracts that automate manual activities such as compliance, claims processing, and content distribution. It can completely disrupt the banking industry and enable new business models such as:

Optimized Payments: Because of lower fees, blockchain payments are advantageous for banks.

Enhanced Cross-Border Settlements: Moving money around the world is a massive task that banks take days to complete. It is a complex process for both banks and customers. This is because it involves numerous currencies, service fees, tax allocation, and dividends. Furthermore, it faces difficulties like restricted visibility, system-level volatility, large volumes of transactions, and data accumulation.

Strengthened Securities: The advancement of blockchain technology has also made its way into the securities industry. With smart contracts, investors may be wary about buying tokens that are not eligible for them. They are protected from fraudulent transactions by incorporating international Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws. One can create near-instantaneous settlement systems and consensus procedures using blockchain. When assets are issued on the blockchain, they become more compliant, more liquid, have cheaper asset exchange fees, have a more efficient cap table, and can be traded 24/7.

Venture Capitalists Fundraising: Venture capitalists are boosting their blockchain investments because it provides:

  • Large returns on early investment (Bitcoin and Ethereum).
  • A self-sovereign identity that could prevent data breaches and exploitation scandals.
  • An increase in location-based funding.

Entrepreneurs in this region sell tokens or coins to raise funds, allowing them to raise funds without the help of a venture capital firm or a traditional investor.

To sum, blockchain technology appears to be more promising in the financial sector. Investing in blockchain technology would allow banking services to provide a better customer experience while staying ahead of the competition.

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