Blockchain- the future of finance

We’ve all heard of bitcoin, the virtual currency that’s now worth nearly eleven billion US dollars globally. Governments have criticised it for being un-regulated, for its unpredictable currency fluctuations and for its use in criminal activities including drug dealing. But banks are saying that the technology behind it, blockchain, could transform finance and banking. Blockchain promises to make transactions faster and cheaper because it bypasses banks and records are kept only by users, not by a third party. So is blockchain the future?

Story features: Marco Navone , Senior Lecture in the Finance Discipline Group at the University of Technology Sydney Business School

Image credit: Bitcoin Chain IMG_9185 by BTC Keychain on Flickr

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