BearingPoint Institute paper: financial institutions must recognize the power of blockchain to disrupt current banking and business models or they risk losing out to fintech start-ups
London, May 12, 2016 – Blockchain technology is a potential game changer for global financial markets. The shared ledger technology that underpins bitcoin has the power to transform business models, connect new counterparties and generate sweeping efficiencies. A new paper from the BearingPoint Institute highlights how traditional financial institutions risk being edged out by agile fintech start-ups if they fail to act on the opportunities.
The power of blockchain
Cryptofinance payments are made directly between payer and payee (P2P) and remove the need for a central authority.
Given the current number of intermediaries involved in front-to-back securities and derivatives processing today, developing a viable means for using the technology can deliver significant cost and time savings.
Iris Grewe, Partner at BearingPoint and author of the paper
BearingPoint Institute’s analysis estimates an average 24-hour processing time per transaction would be slashed to 0.1 seconds, and average costs of up to 40 euros cut to just 5 euros1 . Meanwhile, recent industry figures predict the technology could save between EUR 13-18 billion2 per year in banking infrastructure costs by 2022 through the rollout of blockchain technology to optimize cross-border payments, securities trading and regulatory compliance.
The BearingPoint Institute’s paper explores the disruptive power of blockchain and potential implications for financial institutions through four key insights:
The blockchain revolution over the coming decade could mirror the impact of the Internet in the previous one.
It’s entirely imaginable that once companies and individuals decide they don’t really need banks they will realize they also don’t need central banks, replacing current government-controlled currencies with some form of digital payment. We are very much at the beginning of the journey, and blockchains may provide the heavy lifting that eventually becomes an existential threat to the financial system.
Dr Philip Godsiff, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Digital Economy at Surrey Business School
For more on the disruptive power of blockchain, and what financial institutions should be doing about it, read the paper on the BearingPoint Institute website > http://inst.be/006IOY
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