Banks test blockchain potential for real-time market surveillance

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A group of banks and tech firms has tested the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts for the affirmation and post-trade lifecycle management of equity swaps, in concert with a node on the network acting as a regulator to test the technology's potential to allow for real-time market surveillance.

The test – on over-the-counter single name, total return, index and portfolio equity swaps – was conducted by a group of five banks and organised by distributed ledger technology (DLT) firm

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