American Express to Develop Blockchain Based Solution

One of the largest bank cards issuer is interested in distributed ledger technology
16 March 2018   879

The international payment giant American Express is actively exploring the possibilities of blockchain technologies to increase the speed of transactions. This is reported by Coindesk with reference to new patent file.

The document, published on the website of the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes a method in which a payment request is first sent to a special blockchain system, the algorithms of which determine whether approve or reject the transfer. A variety of factors are used for the assessment, including risk analysis.

If the payment request is approved, the system automatically processes the transaction, making appropriate changes to the balance of the sender and the recipient. To access the system, users will need to create digital blockchain-wallets. Thus, all payments will be processed directly in the block, bypassing third parties like banks.

The patent also mentions P2P payments made with the help of a blockchain.

A payment network based on peer-to-peer payments may be used to facilitate most functions of traditional card payment networks and to enable additional services and functionality.

American Express' Patent Application

At the same time, the volatility of bitcoin prices and the fact that the first crypto currency is based on a public distributed ledger are called the main reasons why this network does not meet the requirements of American Express.


Experts Ask China Don't be in Rush For Own Crypto

Ex deputy chairman of the Bank of China said the CB should take part in the development of international regulation of crypto assets firstly
27 January 2020   123

China should strengthen cooperation with other countries to regulate the cryptocurrency industry, and not accelerate the development of its own digital currency, experts say. It is reported by the South China Morning Post.

So, the former deputy chairman of the People’s Bank of China, Zhu Min, noted that the central bank, which is developing a digital yuan in many ways as Facebook’s Libra response, should first of all take part in the development of international regulation of such assets.

Ba Shusong, chief China economist for the Hong Kong stock exchange, also believes that monitoring digital currencies requires a system that is controlled from different angles, as they have the potential to change the global financial system.

You would need to first improve the regulatory framework for [financial] technology. There is a need for global cooperation for an alternative regulatory framework.


Ba Shusong

Chief China economist for the Hong Kong stock exchange


Many fear that the popularity of Libra could strengthen the dominant role of the US dollar. At the same time, Deutsche Bank analysts believe that the digital yuan will undermine the primacy of the dollar in the global financial market.

Hiromi Yamaoka, the ex-head of the Bank of Japan supervisor of payment and settlement systems, also emphasized that the upcoming launch of Libra has caused competition among central banks seeking to make their currencies and services more attractive.

Something like Libra would make transactions costs much cheaper. Major central banks need to appeal that they, too, are making efforts to make settlement more efficient with better use of digital technology.


Hiromi Yamaoka

Former head of the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) division overseeing payment and settlement systems