Taking the stage at an industry conference this year, Peter Hiom, deputy chief executive at Australia’s main stock exchange, announced that his remarks would touch on blockchain — “everyone’s favourite topic” or, he joked, “the new black”.
The technology behind digital currency bitcoin has been much discussed in finance. But so far a lot of the talk falls into two categories: education — understanding what the technology is and how it might work in different areas of banking and markets — and hype. Some of blockchain’s most zealous supporters and early investors argue it could bring significant change.
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