JP Morgan Testing Debt Issuance On A Blockchain

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JPMorgan Chase has partnered with National Bank of Canada and other major firms to trial a blockchain platform aimed to improve the debt issuance process.

As reported by Reuters, the investment bank said in a statement Friday that the trial, which took place on Wednesday, mirrored a $150 million offering the same day by the the National Bank of Canada of a one-year floating-rate Yankee certificate of deposit.
The trial also saw participation from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Pfizer, Legg Mason Inc’s Western Asset and others.

David Furlong, senior vice president of blockchain at National Bank of Canada, said in a statement that blockchain technology “has the potential to bring about major change in the financial services industry.”

Based on JPMorgan’s Quorum blockchain, the debt-issuance platform took over an year to build, according to the report.


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