Distributed Ledger Technology And The Future of Securitization
February 11, 2019
Like many people a few years ago, I had been hearing about cryptocurrency for some time, but largely dismissed it probably because it was something I really couldn’t get my head around. But in 2016 I heard the word “blockchain” mentioned for the first time, and that piqued my interest enough to Google it to find out what it was. I learned that blockchain and distributed ledger technology can take many forms and have many uses, and that it underpins exciting changes in numerous business practices throughout the world – and most importantly that there was an expansive world of blockchain beyond mere cryptocurrency. But as someone who largely views the business world through a structured finance filter, my “genesis thought” after reading perhaps only one or two paragraphs about this so-called blockchain technology was, wow, this could run securitization transactions. That same day, I dove into LinkedIn to find others talking about blockchain and so I began networking, and within a few months I was speaking on a blockchain panel at the Structured Finance Industry Group’s annual conference in Las Vegas.