Response to ESMA/2016/773: 'The Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets'
8 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2018
Date Written: September 2, 2016
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is in a very early stage of development. Sometimes confused with the blockchain technology underlying bitcoin, it is supposed to be its evolution designed to avoid the architectural choices that make bitcoin and blockchain unsuitable for securities settlement and financial applications. DLT is enjoying the blockchain hype originating from the resiliency of bitcoin operations, but it still lacks a reference implementation or strict technical specifications, beyond being a shared ledger using cryptographic tools. As such, it is difficult to discuss its promises and limitations. Nonetheless, some considerations are possible starting from the existing market infrastructure, the experience with operational blockchains, and the available elements of the public debate about DLT.
Keywords: Blockchain, DLT, Distributed Ledger Technology, Securities, Derivatives, Clearing, Bitcoin, ESMA
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