Streamlining processes, and reducing settlement times in Capital Markets can be done with the implementation of Blockchain. To ensure sync in the implementation of Blockchain, regulatory approvals are necessary.
FREMONT, CA: Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), or Blockchain originally invented as the underlying infrastructure to power Bitcoin, has now universally used in some way or the other. The applications are varied, but the characteristics that remain common throughout, is the prospect of a decentralized, fixed, secure, and stable method of sharing and organizing data. The same is now applied in capital markets, as well.
Blockchain does update not only passive data entries athwart digital records that require reconciliation but also supports smart contracts efficiently. These act as instruction for downstream processes and enable the automation of the consecutive processes, including payment instructions or the moving of collateral.
In a complex system like the capital markets, Blockchain brings about efficiencies in complicated transactions involving buyers, sellers, brokers, clearance, settlement, and additional parties like liquidity providers and regulators.
The industry is said to have invested more than $1Bn in capitals markets-related Blockchain projects. The proof of its concept projects are reported success, and now more than 14 percent of the enterprises in the capital markets sector has fruitfully deployed a minimum of one Blockchain solution.
Benefits of DLT in Capital Markets:
The DLT, or Blockchain solutions are not viable candidates to replace the existing ecosystem; the solutions are best leveraged by integrating it into the present organization. A report by McKinsey recognizes the key advantages Blockchain can offer to the capital markets. Those are:
Settlement Times: Although modern digital trading architecture enables transactions to occur in the fastest mode possible, it does not support the same stealth in terms of settlement or clearance. A Blockchain settlement solution cuts down the time required for the same. A token is placed as a proxy to the transaction allowing almost immediate transfer to the wallet of the beneficiary, confirming the ledger updates, and comprising settlement.
Streamlining Processes: The streamlining process can be applied for various institutions and other participants who perform different functions of the same singular task by Blockchain. These different steps involve one common data set that requires reconciliation among different databases. By following this procedure, the regulatory requirements are met with a unified data model that is ideal for reporting. Direct Blockchain access can even be provided to regulators and auditors.
Reduction in Systemic Risk: The systemic risk is avoided in Blockchain-based transactions as they require pre-funding, practically eliminating the risk of trade, credit, and liquidity.
Operational Improvements: Many back-office processes, middlemen, and additional entities would be made redundant with the standardization of instruments and data formats included in Blockchain trading.
Reducing Costs: By implementing the above-discussed options, the efficiencies will rise immediately and in turn, knock-off the costs reducing it drastically.
The Future of Blockchain in Capital Markets:
As Blockchain is integrated into the capital market industry, several questions need to be addressed. Regardless of the doubts that might exist, the practical applications of Blockchain have rendered the enterprises in a profitable position.
Although the exact time of migration cannot be pointed, the development of Blockchain in the industry has been revolutionary and is believed to have more scope for application in capital markets.
Regulatory approvals can uplift the technology as a crucial element of capital markets and make it compatible with all procedures. With Blockchain deep-rooted in the capital market industry, the future architecture of the same promises unlimited bloom.