Stock Exchanges use blockchain technology to manage their administration more effectively, and enable the trading of security tokens.
What is it
A securities exchange (or stock exchange) is a venue where traders can effectively buy and sell securities, such as shares, bonds or other financial instruments. It can be seen as a continuous auction market, where traders use the electronic trading platform to swap ownership claims. A security token exchange is effectively a stock exchange that supports the trading, deposit and withdrawals of security tokens.
Blockchain has the potential to fit well into the custodial and financial market infrastructure. Providing efficiency gains that bring down the cost of issuance, fundraising, and listing down for platform and infrastructure providers, and thus their customers. In practice this means it becomes viable for these market players to serve the SME segment further down the long tail, increase the tradability of private securities, and more. With the potential of adding various self-service elements alongside core products and services.