By E J Spode – We need to talk about trust and its place in the fabric of our lives. Trust seems to be in short supply these days, although we have no choice but to rely on it.
We trust schools and babysitters to look after our children. We trust banks to hold our money and to transfer it safely for us. We trust insurance companies to pay us should we meet with some disaster. When we make a large purchase – such as a house – we trust our solicitors or an escrow company to hold the funds until the transaction is complete. We trust regulators and governments to make sure these institutions are doing what they are supposed to be doing.
A good way to wrap our minds around ‘blockchain’ concept is to think of its most famous application: Bitcoin. And the best way to think about Bitcoin is not in terms of coins at all but rather as a giant ledger.
Bitcoin is just one version of the blockchain. The fundamental technology has the potential to replace a much wider range of human institutions in which we use trust to reach a consensus about a state of affairs. It could provide a definitive record for property transfers, from diamonds to Porsches to original Picassos. It could be used to record contracts, to certify the authenticity of valuable goods, or to securely store your health records (and keep track of anyone who’s ever accessed them).
But there’s a catch: what about the faithful ‘execution’ of a contract? Doesn’t that require trust as well?
What good is an agr’ement, after all, if the text is there but people don’t respect it, and don’t follow through on their obligations? more> https://goo.gl/rW7huO
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By Lisa Abramowicz – The biggest foreign buyers of U.S. government bonds are quickly retreating after years of absorbing record amounts of the securities.
This is an important dynamic to understand when looking at the potential fate of the $13.6 trillion Treasury market in 2017.
For years, many countries were huge buyers of Treasuries as they built up their foreign-currency reserves. Many now need the money and are cashing out.
China, for example, is using tons of cash to support its depreciating yuan and bolster its financial system, which is showing signs of stress as the government seeks to curb riskier lending practices. Brazil’s economy is in shambles, meaning that nation needs all the free cash it can get to plug its budget gaps. more> https://goo.gl/eov5dm
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Tagged Banking reform, Bonds, Capital, Debt, Financial crisis, Government, United States