Finastra, R3 and seven global banks are teaming up to build a blockchain based marketplace for syndicated loans; banks include BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, HSBC, ING and State Street; Fusion LenderComm, which uses R3's Corda platform, will be able to handle real-time credit agreements, accrual balances, position information and transaction data. Source.
As real time payments have begun banks are finding it a challenge to implement them; how much should banks charge corporate clients for the service and how best to handle legacy infrastructure are two of the main questions they are grappling with; “Banks need to understand how they monetize these services,” Vinay Prabhakar, head of markets strategy for payments at Finastra, said to TearSheet. “Most banks have lucrative credit card programs, so how do they roll out RTP without cannibalizing their credit card models?”; Christopher Ward, PNC Bank’s head of treasury management product management, believes progress is being made and 90 percent of banks will have implemented real time payments by end of 2019. Source.
I anchor around the issues Libra is seeing in trying to develop a money, and what alternate strategies are available. We also analyze elements of a JP Morgan 2020 blockchain report, which highlights the differences between running a financial products (like a money) and a financial software (like a payments processor). In light of this necessary pivot for the regulated Facebook, we look again at Ethereum's decentralized finance ecosystem and the types of challengers it has created for Jack Henry, Finastra, Envestnet, TradeWeb, and other infrastructure providers.