R3 has established a foothold in China
R3 and Axoni, along with seven buy and sell side firms, are working to explore ways that blockchain technology can be used to simplify reference data processes.
The group, which includes Alliance Bernstein, Citi, Credit Suisse and HSBC, recently completed a multi-month proof of concept (PoC) exercise aimed at building a distributed ledger prototype that can enhance the risk management, cost and efficiency issues inherent in managing financial reference data.
The prototype was created using Axoni Core, the firm’s proprietary distributed ledger software, to simulate the collaborative management of reference data, as well as the use of that reference data for corporate bond issuance.
The technology is designed to enable participants to interact with reference data after issuance, with any proposed changes requiring validation by the underwriter to ensure the ledger provided a single, immutable record of all data related to the bond.
CLS Group is planning to release a payment netting service, CLS Netting, for buy and sell-side institutions’ FX trades that are settled outside of its settlement service.
Firms will have the choice of connecting to the service via existing channels or by utilising Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).
CLS claims that the global FX market is limited by the lack of a standardised payment netting process for trades not settled within CLS. The firm claims that in many cases institutions are forced to intervene manually to complete the process, leading to inconsistent and bespoke approaches to netting throughout the market, which in turn results in higher costs and increased intra-day liquidity demands.
Cobalt DL (Cobalt), which plans to launch distributed ledger-based FX post-trade platform in 2017, has announced a partnership with SETL to deploy its Open CSD distributed ledger within the platform.
Although a spokesperson for Cobalt declined to name a targeted go-live date for the platform next year, the firm claims that it has 15 institutional FX participants already committed to the service.
Profit & Loss previously reported on Cobalt’s plans to try and reduce post-trade costs for financial services firms by creating a shared view of trade data.
Calypso Technology has become the first firm to partner with R3 to develop capital markets applications on its Corda distributed ledger-based smart contract platform.
The two firms are currently developing a multi-party trade confirmation solution and testing it with multiple financial institutions.
R3’s Corda – which will be open-sourced globally on November 30 – is designed to be an open and inclusive smart contract platform that enables third party providers and partners to build and operate distributed ledger applications using common code and protocols to ensure interoperability.