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The World Bank is preparing for the world's first blockchain bond

The World Bank is preparing for the world's first blockchain bond

Finance
The World Bank has mandated Commonwealth Bank of Australia to arrange the world's first blockchain bond. The Kangaroo bond, referring to foreign bonds issued in Australia in the local currency, has been named bond-i, an acronym standing for Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument. (It's also a reference to Bondi Beach, an iconic spot in Sydney.) According to the institution, the bond will be the first in the world to be created, allocated, transferred and managed with blockchain technology. That tech, which underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, refers to the distributed ledger technology that securely records all transactio...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the hype around blockchain signals a bubble

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the hype around blockchain signals a bubble

Finance
Apple co-founder and noted bitcoin bull Steve Wozniak says the hype around blockchain is similar to what he saw in the dotcom era, with companies going belly-up at a rapid rate. “It was a bubble, and I feel that way about blockchain,” Wozniak said Tuesday on stage at the NEX technology conference in New York. A good portion of the companies promising to do life-changing things on the internet quickly went bust, Wozniak reminded the audience. Still, he said blockchain technology has real implementation potential, because it’s “decentralized a...
A former top Wall Street regulator turns to the blockchain

A former top Wall Street regulator turns to the blockchain

Finance
SAN FRANCISCO — Gary Gensler was one of the top financial regulators in the Obama administration, the finance chief for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and, before both of those jobs, a partner at Goldman Sachs.Now, like many other big names from business and government, he is plunging into the world of the blockchain, the data-tracking technology introduced by Bitcoin.Mr. Gensler, 60, has recently gone to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he will write and teach about the potential he sees for blockchains to change the financial world.More from the New York Times: Subpoenas signal S.E.C. crackdown on initial coin offeringsHow Trump consultants exploited the Facebook data of millionsAn explanation of initial coin offeringsHe will also use his position to