Bill Stormont: The opportunity in early adopters of Distributed Ledger Technology

December 3, 2018

Bill Stormont, COO, First Block Capital joined us at the 2018 Mindpath CETFA ETF Conference to talk about how large capitilazation companies, such as Walmart and Maersk, who are early adopters of the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and represent an opportunity over the long term.


November 15, 2018

Dr. Bernard Hamelin explains why Blockchain could be the technology everybody was waiting for to move away from the current system of monitoring aggregated data from patients to assess the efficacy of new drugs, to a more personalized approach that empowers patients.

Canada Border Services Agency Begins Pilot Using Blockchain

November 1, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have started a pilot program that uses TradeLens, a blockchain platform jointly developed by IBM and Moller-Maersk.

Blockchain's potential will continue to spur public and private investment

October 31, 2018

Large firms such as Accenture, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft are developing patented products and services based on blockchain's digital-ledger open-source technology that can be accessed and adapted by anyone.

Fujitsu Examining Blockchain's Banking Potential With 9 Japanese Banks

October 31, 2018

Fujitsu published a press release Monday announcing the Japanese information technology company was selected as an "application development vendor" for a "field trial" to explore the scope of a collaborative blockchain platform initiated by the Japanese Bankers Association. Fujitsu will examine the potential of blockchain technology as a "funds transfer settlement system" along with nine banks.

HSBC, StanChart, others launch HK blockchain trade finance platform

October 31, 2018

HSBC said the blockchain platform allowed Standard Chartered to reduce the time it takes to approve trade loan applications from the usual one-and-a-half days to four hours.

Germany’s Central Bank and Deutsche Börse Complete Blockchain Settlement Trial

October 27, 2018

Germany central bank Deutsche Bundesbank, and Deutsche Börse have announced the successful completion of a performance test for two prototype blockchain-based securities settlement systems which they developed jointly.

ABCD quartet of grain traders partner to digitize global trades

October 25, 2018

The world’s four largest agribusinesses are working together to standardize and digitize international grain trades using technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the companies announced.

Biggest U.S. Power Market to Test Blockchain to Trade Renewables

October 25, 2018

Blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrency transactions, is about to get tested in a trading system for matching clean-energy buyers and sellers in the largest U.S. power market.

Corporate giants band together to help Tennessee cash in on this new technology

October 25, 2018

A group of high-profile businesses are coming together to launch a new organization aimed at making Tennessee a more blockchain-friendly state.

Here's what to expect from ASX's blockchain-based CHESS replacement

October 25, 2018

What started as a Google search will result in the first financial services industrial-scale blockchain use case.

Bank of Canada uses blockchain to settle stocks in experiment

October 22, 2018

Canada’s central bank, stock-exchange operator TMX Group Ltd. and the nation’s payments system used the distributed ledger technology, or DLT, to clear and settle securities on an integrated platform as part of their Project Jasper research initiative.

CGI and National Bank of Canada pilot a blockchain guarantee and standby negotiation platform

October 21, 2018

National Bank of Canada, CGI integrated the CGI Trade360 trade finance platform with Skuchain's Contract Builder, an application built on the blockchain startup's Brackets platform for smart contracts on a blockchain. The integration enables National Bank of Canada to provide trade finance services digitally to customers conducting business on a blockchain B2B solution.

Fund follows IBM, Walmart's lead on blockchain

October 19, 2018

First Block Capital said its new blockchain-led ETF focuses on quality large cap holdings as it aims for a stake in technology it believes will change the face of global commerce. The FBC Distributed Ledger Technology Adopters ETF (FBCN) was this week listed on the NEO Exchange and invests in equity securities of companies located around the globe that develop, invest in, use and/or supply distributed ledger technology in their business or operations.

Blockchain is set to "supercharge" global supply chains by 2025, according to a newly released report from technology consulting firm Capgemini.

October 18, 2018

The benefits of Blockchain are there for all to see: it’s an immutable, decentralized, trustless and peer-to-peer ledger offering giant leaps forward in security, visibility, and traceability for digital transactions.

First Block Capital helping investors navigate the world of Blockchain

October 17, 2018

StoneCastle Investment Management portfolio manager Bruce Campbell joined Proactive Investors Steve Darling in Vancouver to talk about a new fund with First Block Capital that will feature companies that are leading the adoption of blockchain to manage costs and make operations more efficient. Campbell also gave details of what types of companies fit in the portfolio including some major names like Walmart.

Fund follows IBM, Walmart's lead on blockchain

October 12, 2018

First Block Capital said its new blockchain-led ETF focuses on quality large cap holdings as it aims for a stake in technology it believes will change the face of global commerce.

NEO Exchange Welcomes First Block Capital’s inaugural Canadian ETF listing

October 10, 2018

The NEO Exchange (“NEO”) is pleased to announce that First Block Capital (“FBC”) has launched the FBC Distributed Ledger Technology Adopters ETF on NEO. This is the first Canadian ETF launched by FBC and the eleventh ETF provider to list products on NEO. This innovative [new] ETF, which began trading today under the symbol FBCN, invests in equity securities of companies located anywhere in the world that develop, invest in, use and/or supply distributed ledger technology, such as blockchain technology, in their business or operations.

Microsoft, Nasdaq Pair On Blockchain Initiative

October 1, 2018

Microsoft is reportedly partnering with Nasdaq on blockchain, in which its Azure blockchain services will integrate with Nasdaq’s Financial Framework.

Blockchain Can Add $1 Trillion to World Trade by 2028, Says World Economic Forum

September 13, 2018

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) such as blockchain could generate $1 trillion in new trade over the next ten years, a joint report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) claims Thursday, September 13.

Cryptocurrency Jobs: The Job Seeker’s Guide with Salaries and Resources

September 1, 2018

Since its inception in early 2009, the blockchain and related cryptocurrency industries have witnessed extraordinary growth in awareness, promise and usage. The burgeoning field of blockchain technology has exploded into an economy predicted to reach $16 billion by 2024, and there are now plenty of cryptocurrency jobs.

A Canadian blockchain ETF for the cryptocurrency-averse

August 22, 2018

For the cryptocurrency-averse, there’s a Canadian blockchain exchange-traded fund in the works that will be anchored by less venturesome investments such as Wal-Mart Inc.Vancouver-based First Block Capital is in the final stages of obtaining regulatory approval for the FBC Digital Ledger Technology Adopters ETF, and expects it to begin trading on Canada’s Aequitas NEO Exchange next month.

Banking Is Only The Beginning: 42 Big Industries Blockchain Could Transform

August 8, 2018

Law enforcement, ride hailing, and many other sectors could also have blockchain in their future.

New Kids on the Block: Vancouver Joins the Cryptocurrency Rush

May 25, 2018

Sean Clark’s latest startup is just one of the players in the city’s emerging cryptocurrency scene.

Interview With CryptoCurrency Distinguished Thought Leader — Marc van der Chijs

May 25, 2018

I had the pleasure of interviewing Marc van der Chijs, a founder of several companies in the blockchain and crypto-industry.

DOJ Launches Criminal Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation

May 24, 2018

The bitcoin crackdown is getting serious. The Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into traders that have been manipulating the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, causing wild fluctuations in price without any reason, according to reports.

The Secret Bitcoin Bunkers That Hoard $10bn For The Wealthy

May 14, 2018

Xapo, a company created by an Argentine entrepreneur, stores the cryptocurrency in a network of underground vaults

10 Dow Stocks Currently Testing Blockchain Technology

April 1, 2018

The potential for blockchain is so great that even some of the largest U.S. multinational companies in the iconic Dow Jones Industrial Average have come around to testing its application or filing for blockchain-based patents.

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