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To the Moon: In 2018, Wall Street Companies Expected to Move Trillions Through Blockchain

Numerous major firms on Wall Street are looking to exponentially increase their experimentations with blockchain technologies in 2018, meaning trillions of dollars in institutional funds could be moving through the crypto space in the months ahead.

The most notable of these firms is New York City’s Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), a company that dominates the credit-default swap industry in America and that facilitates over $11 trillion in transactions on an annual basis.

Now, the DTCC is looking to looking to shift its database of transactions—again, worth trillions—over to the blockchain. The company hopes to have its own distributed ledger network go live in the second half of 2018.

The DTCC’s shift to the blockchain is Exhibit A for the kinds of mainstream adoption that blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts all over the world have been patiently awaiting.

Other powerhouse firms on Wall Street, like IBM, are helping companies like DTCC create the infrastructure necessary for shifting operations to the blockchain.

For their part, IBM has partnered with the new blockchain firm Axoni to create a revolutionary and replicable swap network for the DTCC that’s built on top of versatile smart contracts.

Once this swap network goes live, the DTCC’s annual $11 trillion credit-swap market will be entirely facilitated on its new private chain system.

And new upstart firms like the aforementioned Axoni are creating fintech-friendly code that will enable other companies to follow the DTCC’s lead in using smart contracts to streamline operations.

Axoni’s groundbreaking developments could cause a bona-fide rat race on Wall Street, challenging firms to adopt the benefits of the crypto space faster than others. When profits can be improved, no one on Wall Street wants to be left behind.

Microsoft, too, has deemed cryptotech like Ethereum as enterprise-grade, and thus the global software giant is creating middleware suites that will make it more attractive and easier than ever for Wall Street to embrace blockchain innovations.

Ongoing, reputable developments like this will surely instigate an avalanche of Wall Street blockchain use-cases in 2018 and beyond, undoubtedly giving the blockchain and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether unprecedented prestige in the mainstream.

Indeed, Wall Street firms don’t even have to directly invest in crypto (though all will at some point) for their blockchain adoptions to inspire widespread mainstream interest in cryptocurrencies.

It’s news like this, then, that could catapult many coins—especially Bitcoin, as the current #1—to new all-time price highs in 2018 that weren’t even considered possible in 2017.

If projects like the DTCC’s are successful, then Bitcoin reaching $7,000 by the end of 2018 could be a reasonable target.

TLDR: Major Wall Street firms are adopting blockchain innovations in 2018, which could flood trillions of dollars into the cryptocurrency world in the coming months. 

William M. Peaster is a cryptocurrency journalist and copy-editor based out of El Paso, Texas. He's an avid fan of Ethereum, ERC-20 tokens, and smart contracts in general.

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