The World Economic Forum’s analysis has yielded six key findings regarding the implications of distributed ledger technology (DLT) on the future of financial services:
- DLT has great potential to drive simplicity and efficiency through the establishment of new financial services infrastructure and processes.
- DLT is not a panacea; instead it should be viewed as one of many technologies that will form the foundation of next generation financial services infrastructure.
- Applications of DLT will differ by use case, each leveraging the technology in different ways for a diverse range of benefits.
- Digital Identity is a critical enabler to broaden applications to new verticals; Digital Fiat (legal tender), along with other emerging capabilities, has the ability to amplify benefits.
- The most impactful DLT applications will require deep collaboration between incumbents, innovators and regulators, adding complexity and delaying implementation.
- New financial services infrastructure built on DLT will redraw processes and call into question orthodoxies that are foundation to today’s business models.
The analyzed business use case are: a) Payments; b) Insurance; 3) Deposits and Lending; 4) Capital Raising; 5) Investment Management; and 5) Market Provisioning.
These key findings are explored in depth in the The future of financial infrastructure report, based on the use case deep-dives conducted across financial services.