The Emergence of Decentralized Finance

Banking CIO Outlook | Thursday, August 01, 2019

As global financial inequality continues to rise, wealth-building tools are becoming more accessible to capital strategists and investors.

FREMONT, CA: Hubs of power and control characterize the current global financial system. Generally speaking, the closer you are to those hubs of energy, the more access to the financial system you have. There seems to be a comprehensive storm brewing that could generate transformation in the financial services business and usher in an efficient, cost-effective, and even-handed system. This tech wave is more of smartphones, more pervasive internet access, and the maturation of distributed financial infrastructure like the Bitcoin, and blockchain. 

Anyone in the globe can connect and use a permission-less service regardless of assets, employment, or banking status as there is no central gatekeeper. Then comes decentralized services with no single point of failure. It increases security by dispersing the potential attack surface. Decentralized services are designed to function in a peer-to-peer manner, which can eliminate the need for a consumer to trust an intermediary.

Another component of today’s decentralized financial technology is that transactions can be reviewed on the public blockchain. It can foster a sense of protected openness. The underlying transaction data makes any company or government do not control the blockchain. As it is globally distributed without a single point of failure, public blockchain provides a tamper-proof record of transactions and a correct version of history. Decentralized financial applications that are built on blockchain are flexible, and they can be programmed to execute several functions and contracts.

The characteristics of decentralized finance will make banking, credit, payments, and investing more cost-effective, productive, and safe. These factors will make investment more convenient, customizable, and controllable across the whole planet. Decentralized finance eliminates costly intermediaries to make remittance services more affordable for the global population. Anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone can access financial services with decentralized services.

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