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SEB and Nasdaq announce blockchain project

First Published 27th September 2017

SEB and Nasdaq to build blockchain for Swedish mutual fund market

Magnus Haglind, Nasdaq

Magnus Haglind, Nasdaq

Stockholm - SEB, the Nordic financial services group, and Nasdaq have announced a joint project to test a developed prototype for a mutual fund trading platform based on blockchain technology. The aim is to increase efficiency in the processing of purchases and sales of fund units and to create a unit ledger - an area which today is largely characterized by manual routines, long settlement cycles and paper driven processes.

"By leveraging blockchain technology there is strong potential for improvement via digitalization that can reduce manual work, create a faster process and reduce the risk for errors," said Magnus Haglind, SVP & Head of Product Management, Market Technology, Nasdaq. "This development will look to benefit the fund market and, in the end, also the individual investors through faster response from purchases and sales."

By subscribing to a private blockchain, the various market participants-fund companies, distributors and others-will be able to share a distributed database in which all transactions and changes are registered among all participants in real-time.

SEB and Nasdaq will continue to develop the technology with the end goal of creating a working prototype, which will be based on the Chain.com blockchain ledger. In addition, the two parties have opened a channel for collaboration with additional interested parties on building a uniformed market infrastructure for Sweden's fund market.

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