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World capital markets are in the early stages of incorporating distributed ledger technology (DLT) into the global financial ecosystem. While observers debate the full scale and scope of DLT disruption, the potential for enormous change exists, according to experts at the World Economic Forum. Capital market stakeholders, technologists and business leaders will find a robust examination of DLT and its financial industry implications in this authoritative analysis.

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Distributed ledger technology (DLT) could become a massive transformer of the capital markets or remain a periphery tool for incremental process improvements.

DLT’s blockchain functions as a decentralized data platform with complete record transparency, information immutability and trust through cryptography. These features could deliver major benefits across the capital markets, such as balance sheet optimization, cost reduction and liquidity improvement.

But those impacts could occur across a range of possibilities: On the one hand, blockchain could increase efficiencies but have little impact on markets...

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