Brianna White

Staff member
Jul 30, 2019
The financial services industry is undergoing a major transformation, propelled by the emergence of innovative new technologies.
One of these groundbreaking technologies is blockchain, which has the potential to revolutionize how we store and share financial information, impacting the financial services industry as a whole.
Blockchain has already made its mark in the world of finance, with a range of applications, including cryptocurrency, asset management, and digital contracts. However, even though blockchain is most commonly associated with Bitcoin, the potential applications of this technology extend far beyond crypto.
From streamlining back-office operations to enabling instant cross-border payments, the distributed ledger technology is expected to have a profound impact on the way financial institutions do business. Join us as we explore how blockchain is transforming the industry, offering new levels of transparency, security, and efficiency.
Blockchain in a Nutshell
At its core, blockchain is a digital ledger that records transactions in a secure, tamper-proof way. This distributed ledger can be public or private, permissioned or permissionless, and is often managed by a network of computers known as nodes.
Each transaction that takes place on a blockchain is verified by these nodes, which then work together to add the transaction to the ledger in a block. Once a block is added to the blockchain, it cannot be altered or removed, making the blockchain an immutable record of all transactions that have taken place.
Bitcoin, for instance, was designed to use proof of work (PoW) to verify transactions and add them to the blockchain. However, there are other consensus mechanisms that can be used, such as proof of stake (PoS) or delegated proof of stake (DPoS). Here, you can discover the differences between proof of work and proof of stake in greater detail.
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