Ian Allison

Ian is a reporter at CoinDesk. Prior to that he covered fintech at International Business Times and Newsweek. He is the State Street Data and Innovation Journalist of the Year 2017. Ian purchased a very small amount of DAO tokens but did not reclaim them. He does not currently hold value in any digital currencies or projects (See: Editorial Policy) Follow Ian: @ianallison123. Email: ian@coindesk.com

Libra Shows Central Banks’ Failure on Cross-Border Payments: Riksbank

| Ian Allison

A senior economist at Sweden's Riksbank says central banks need to "keep up" with cryptocurrency advancements like Libra and XRP.

Trade Finance Blockchain Marco Polo Pilots First Russia-Germany Transactions

| Ian Allison

Marco Polo, the trade finance blockchain with over 20 global banks on board, is piloting its first trading arrangement between Germany and Russia.

trade, finance

Banking Giant UBS Goes Live on We.Trade Blockchain for Trade Finance

| Ian Allison

Swiss financial giant UBS has started full-fledged transactions on we.trade, a blockchain-based trade finance platform.

How Anti-Money-Laundering Rules Hinder Libra’s Mission to Reach the Unbanked

| Ian Allison

A "step-ladder" approach to know-your-customer (KYC) rules could help the Libra stablecoin reach those disconnected from the financial system.

Foreign Exchange Giant CLS Admits: No, We Don’t Need a Blockchain for That

| Ian Allison

Forex giant CLS is now using a blockchain to handle certain currency trades, but the technology is “not essential” for the task, an executive…

Microsoft, Intel Back Ethereum-Based Token to Reward Consortium Efforts

| Ian Allison

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has created a token to incentivize firms to participate in consortiums. The system is backed by Microsoft and Intel.…

DTCC Pushes Back Blockchain Project to Avoid Brexit Complications

| Ian Allison

The DTCC has pushed back the release of its blockchain-based post-trade system for derivatives by several months, in part because of Brexit. 

Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Lines up Buyers for ‘Initial Digital Offering’

| Ian Allison

Swiss stock exchange SIX's SDX blockchain platform has organized a consortium of institutions to back its "initial digital offering" set for mid-2020.

Barclays Hackathon to Attack Data ‘Silos’ With Blockchain

| Ian Allison

Barclays is holding another hackathon to tackle the finance industry’s perennial problem of data silos. Again, blockchain will take center stage. 

In Rare Deal, Crypto Custodian Wins Insurance on Full Value of Client Assets

| Ian Allison

Marsh & McLennan, the world’s largest insurance broker, has arranged unusually generous insurance for new crypto custodian KNØX.