Sydney Stock Exchange Wants a Blockchain Based Equities Market System

The SSX equities blockchain system should eventually be available for other market operators.

The Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX) and Bit Trade Labs have established a joint venture to develop a blockchain based equities market settlement and registration system. The firms aim at implementing a blockchain solution within months for private markets network and at early 2018 for the SSX equities market.

SSX Chief Operating Officer David Lawrence said: “We are delighted to be working with an Australian-based innovation company to develop blockchain based solutions for equities markets. As we will be settling our own market, we are not constrained by the recent clearing competition issues facing others seeking to enter the Australian market. This allows us to start with a blank page and bring the creative, markets-based thinking of the Bit Trade Labs team, along with input from industry, to develop new solutions to suit the local market.

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David Lawrence, COO, SSX
David Lawrence, COO, SSX

We will be developing our blockchain solution initially for the SSX but we fully intend to make it available to other markets, and have an open access philosophy. Our key drivers are to improve efficiency and save our market participants and brokers money. T+0 would deliver many benefits – remove collateral risk, increase trade velocity and hand back some controls to brokers and market participants rather than them and us paying fees to other exchanges.

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Our partnership with, and support of, a company such as Bit Trade Labs and the blockchain development both align well with our ongoing domestic focus upon listing Australia’s startups and innovation companies. We believe there is a very real place for startups and innovators in Australian public capital markets and SSX is ideally positioned to fill the growing capital void.”

Ron Tucker, BitTrade CEO, added: “We are very excited to be at the forefront of distributed ledger innovation for the financial service markets. With BitTrade’s world leading Blockchain development resources, and the stock exchange’s trading and settlements expertise, we’re together ensuring Australia continues to drive a leadership role in the global adoption of this innovative new financial technology right now.”

Back in January it was revealed that competing Australian venue ASX has selected Digital Asset Holdings to develop its own solutions for the Australian market by utilizing Distributed Ledger Technology.

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