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Prepare a 2,000-word essay critically evaluating the impact of a financial technology on an area of the financial industry.

Final Assessment : Summary:

“Digital Bonds and blockchain technology“ 

Prepare a 2,000-word essay critically evaluating the impact of a financial technology on an area of the financial industry. As part of this, you will assess the potential for business and economic disruption within your chosen financial subsector resulting from technological innovation. You should address the key opportunities, practical implications and risks posed by the adoption of the new technology and give an opinion as to the degree of disruption that widespread adoption of this technology may have on your chosen subsector.

You have been provided with an initial reading list of five sources to stoke your curiosity and lay the foundation for further research (see below). To successfully complete this assignment, you will need to draw on a wider range of references through independent research.

Your writing should be in the third person and any assertions you make should be supported with evidence. The essay must be written in an appropriate style and provide evidence of an ability to engage in critical discussion and thoughtful examination of the issues raised.

You should provide references to the work and ideas of others that you use to develop arguments put forward.

You should apply Harvard-style referencing in the body of the text and in the list of references at the end.

The word limit is 2,000 words (+/- 10%), excluding references.

Structure example but feel free to use your own initiative

  1. Blockchain Overview
  2. Financial technologies in financial markets
  3. Digital Bonds
  4. Advantages ( decentralization, reduction of intermediaries and fixed costs, better market transparency through an increased capacity to see trading flows and identity of asset owners, as well as a much faster settlement speed, disadvantages ( KYC, Money laundering, Data protection, etc)
  5. Conclusion  




>The evolution of fintech: a new post-crisis paradigm? -Attached PDF

> (2014) Fintech – The Digital (R)evolution in the Financial Sector: Algorithm-based banking with the human touch. -Attached PDF

> A systematic literature review of blockchain-based applications: Current status, classification and open issues -see attached PDF

> PwC (2017) Global FinTech Report 2017 – see link


> Fintech: Ecosystem, business models, investment decisions, and challenges. Attached PDF

> Banks turn to blockchains to reform costly bond market

> HSBC report blockchain gateway for sustainability linked bonds


>BBVA What is the difference between DLT and blockchain?


> The Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has helped its client, the World Bank, launch bond-i - the world’s first bond to be created, allocated, transferred and managed through its life cycle using DLT - distributed ledger technology


> Is Disruptive Blockchain Technology the Future of Financial Services? Attached PDF


>The Impact and Potential of Blockchain on the Securities Transaction Lifecycle. -Attached PDF

> Taxonomy of blockchain-based applications – PDF attached and link


> Blockchain challenges and opportunities: a survey -PDF attached and link below


> Blockchain/ Distributed Ledger Technology: What Impact on the Financial Sector -attached PDF

> Learner, H. (2011). An examination of transparency in European bond markets. Published in October 2011, CFA Institute -Attached PDF

>Designing a Framework for Digital KYC Processes Built on Blockchain-Based Self-Sovereign Identity – attached PDF

> Data anonymization



> EIB issues its first ever digital bond on a public blockchain:


> ICMA (2018/2019). New fintech applications in bond markets. Retrieved from https://www.icmagroup.org/Regulatory-Policy-and-Market-Practice/fintech/newfintech-applications-in-bond-markets/ [Viewed 28 Aug. 2019] See link


>IFR International Financing Review (2018). Bond syndication moves into the 21st century. Retrieved from https://www.ifre.com/story/1510191/bond-syndicationmoves-into-the-21st-century-s95r30t6d1[Viewed 26 Aug. 2019]


> Bonds on the blockchain: https://www.eib.org/en/stories/cryptocurrency-blockchain-bonds

> Banks Turn To Blockchains To Reform Costly Bond Market


>Blockchain and the General Data Protection Regulation Can distributed ledgers be squared with European data protection law?


>Blockchain from the Perspective of Privacy and Anonymisation: A Systematic Literature Review -Link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7765152/

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