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IBM Hints at Entering the Stablecoin Arena

Jesse Lund, head of blockchain solutions at IBM, has just hinted that the tech company has plans to explore stablecoins in an interview with Cheddar yesterday. Lund did not disclose when this venture may debut but said it would be on its World-Wire platform.

IBM and Stablecoins

IBM began its venture with Stellar in late-2017 and finalized most of its plans in mid-2018. Stellar is an open-sourced, decentralized protocol that focuses on transfers between fiat currency and digital currency.

Lund told Cheddar that US banks are “very interested” in using stablecoins to send cross-border to replace the current SWIFT system. The reason banks are interested in stablecoins over other forms of digital currency is that stablecoins are linked 1:1 to fiat currencies making them more ‘stable’.

“We’re really feeling excited that we’re on a roll to build something new and revolutionary that’s really going to change the landscape of cross-border payments,” Lund explained.

IBM feels the market demand for stablecoins has risen, despite the copious amount of similar coins that have flooded the market as of late. Lund hinted that IBM hopes to create an ecosystem of various digital assets, with many different types of digital assets—including stablecoins.

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Cheddar asked Lund how the company’s alleged stablecoin compared to the one that JPMorgan just released. The IBM exec said that the company’s solution to cross-border transactions would be “somewhere in between.” Lund claims that this new venture would not be a proprietary coin like JPM coin but feels the major US bank is doing what’s best for them. The bank’s stablecoin will only be used with clients of JPMorgan.

IBM feels its stablecoin should be more broadly accessible and World-Wire seeks to do just that. When this project will be released is still up in the air, but the recent interview proves it is just around the corner.

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IBM Blockchain Platform | We.trade Helps Cross-Border Transactions

IBM blockchain platform: We.trade, a European blockchain trading platform, has just announced that it has completed its first live operations.

The platform was established by the major European banks Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KBC, Natixis, Nordea, Rabobank, Santander, Societe Gererale, and UniCredit. This consortium was put together to address the current issues many banks face with cross-border transactions.

Blockchain to the Rescue

We.trade is built on the IBM blockchain platform and is powered by Hyperledger Fabric. We.trade solution offers its customers a simple user-interface, new potential trading opportunities, and innovative smart contracts.

CEO of We.trade, Roberto Mancone, said:

“The we.trade platform is a live blockchain based trade platform. These transactions prove that we.trade is a robust and commercially viable proposition. We are delighted to have launched for the first time in the world, a blockchain based platform that enhances the overall customer experience when trading internationally. The next step will be getting buy-in from additional banks and their customers in Europe and further afield.”

Currently, we.trade operates in 11 European countries and is growing. The live transactions made within the past five days were between 20 different companies. Five of its partnered banks facilitated the trades, which signify the first commercially viable open account that uses blockchain technology.

We.trade Expanding

“These trade(s) represents a great example of traditional banks innovating to meet their clients’ needs by working with we.trade. Our bank wants to make cutting edge technology available to our customers when it comes to trading globally. We.trade is a trading solution that our customers need,” said CTO of Rabobank, Bart Leurs.

Currently, we.trade is available in the following counties:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • the United Kingdom

The we.trade team plans on expanding to all countries within Europe and then will seek global banking partners from there.

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