How financial institutions are benefiting from blockchain?
Financial institutions, ranging from banks and insurance companies to investment banks and audit firms are all exploring the potential of blockchain in eliminating the inefficiencies of the financial systems. Financial industry, today, is heavily reliant on duplicative antiquated and paper-intensive processes which lead to large delays and impose considerable costs. Moreover, their centralized nature, makes them resistant to change and susceptible to systems failures and malicious attacks.
Blockchain technology could not only eliminate these perils but could also pave way for an array of new product segments and revenue streams and provide billions of people access to financial services and instruments that have traditionally been denied to them. A blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of records, called blocks. Blockchain records are time stamped and stored cryptographically in a chronological manner, which makes them immutable and tamperproof in nature. Blockchain presents the potential to revolutionize the pre-existing legacy systems by eliminating third party intermediaries, creating transparency, streamlining due processes and providing protection from malicious attacks, thereby enabling large internal and external cost savings.