The ASX has revealed it is about a year away from creating a blockchain-based platform that could potentially replace the CHESS settlement system.
Speaking at an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce event in Sydney yesterday, ASX deputy chief executive Peter Hiom said his company's collaboration with Digital Asset Holdings is about a year away from delivering a viable CHESS replacement.
Mr Hiom said the ASX is “running at a pace [they’ve] never run before” with regards to the development of the new system, which is being conducted in partnership with US-based fintech company Digital Asset Holdings.
In January, the ASX announced it had taken a 5 per cent stake in the fintech start-up in a bid to “design a new post-trade solution for the Australian equity market”, and subsequently increased its stake to 8.5 per cent in June.
“We’ve got another year to go, but after that we’ll have much of what CHESS does today built in a distributed ledger,” Mr Hiom said.
However, he emphasised that the ASX has not decided whether it will use the platform created with Digital Asset.
Earlier this year, Mr Hiom assured stockbrokers at the 2016 Stockbrokers Conference that this kind of distributed ledger technology would not be spell an end for financial intermediaries.
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