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Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain… What do they all mean?
Let’s get some definitions. Blockchain technology is the one which allows for the existence of cryptocurrency (among many other things). Bitcoin is the most well-known cryptocurrency. This is also the technology that has enabled the development of blockchain technology. It is a form of currency that is similar to US dollars, but it is digital. It makes use of encryption techniques to monitor and verify the creation of currency units.
What is blockchain technology?
A blockchain is a uncentralized ledger for the transactions that occur on a peer-to-peer network. Using this technology, participants are able to verify transactions without the requirement for a central clearing authority. There are a variety of applications that could be made that could be used, such as fund transfers, settling trades and voting.

Blockchain is also a potential application that go beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
Blockchain technology can be viewed from a business point of view as a new type of software for improving business processes. Collaboration technology, like blockchain, promises the ability to improve the business processes that happen between businesses, dramatically reducing the “cost of trust.” For this reason it could provide significantly better returns on each dollar invested than the majority of conventional internal investments.

Financial institutions are looking at how blockchain technology can help improve everything, from clearing and settlement, to insurance. These articles will explain the changes that are taking place and how you can do to address these changes.

A brief introduction to cryptocurrency is available in The object is not money . We provide a brief overview of the beginnings of Bitcoin, and also provide information on consumer awareness, usage, etc. We also look at the way market participants, such as investors, tech providers, and financial institutions will be affected by the maturation of the market.

To take an in-depth look at cryptocurrency,we recommend that you read the following:

* Crypto Center is PwC’s open-source knowledge base on all things related to cryptocurrency.

* This article offers an overview on how regulators view cryptocurrency and its role in the financial market and in other countries, including the United States as well as overseas.

* Cryptocurrency? What is a digital asset? What is the accounting? talk about these terms and their implications on your financial statements in this podcast.

* Board members Ten questions about cryptocurrency are suggested questions to be asked during a an open discussion on the potential of cryptocurrencies as a strategic tool.

Check out this page: The blockchain in financial services to get a thorough overview. This article will discuss some of the ways that blockchain is being used by FS companies and the potential future developments in blockchain technology. Blockchain technology isn’t the solution to all issues. However, does help with some of them.

We recommend:

* An analyst’s guide to blockchain examines the benefits that this technology could bring is bringing, and offers a way forward to financial institutions. Learn how other companies could disrupt your business using blockchain technology. And, also, how your company could benefit from blockchain technology to gain an advantage.

* Building block: How financial service can create trust blockchain highlights some of the concerns that internal audit or other entities may have about blockchain solutions. It also provides suggestions on the best ways to address these issues.

Blockchain-related announcements continue to occur, but they are more rare than in the past and with lesser media coverage. Still, blockchain technology has the potential to result in a radically different future for the financial service industry.