Smart Contract Vendors on Solving Problems in Capital Markets: A Finadium Survey

January 2018

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This report is part of Finadium’s Fintech Capital Markets series.

Smart contracts are a next phase of development in Distributed Ledger and blockchain technologies. They present an opportunity to automate currently manual processes and move algorithms that run on legacy technology to a more efficient platform.

In this report, we surveyed 11 vendors of smart contract technologies and solutions to understand the products, services and opportunities around their offerings. Our conversations revealed the excitement around smart contracts and also the hurdles that these new companies face to build momentum. We found several consistent themes and strategies across the firms that suggest winners will emerge in the capital markets industry, but not without hard-won lessons in how smart contracts can matter for users.

This report should be read by technology managers at capital markets firms, including banks, exchanges, CCPs, CSDs and asset managers. As industry participants are challenged by additional technological change and new options, this report helps sift through data and qualitative information to answer the critical question: do smart contracts help solve true business problems?

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Rise of the Smart Contracts
  • Solving the Customer Problem
  • How Smart Contracts Work in Practice
    • The ISDA Common Domain Model Initiative
  • Where Product Evolution is Heading
  • About the Author
  • About Finadium LLC

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