Banks and other financial institutions are adopting blockchain technology “dramatically faster” than initially expected, with 15 percent of top global banks intending to roll out full-scale, commercial blockchain products in 2017, IBM said on Wednesday. Source: Reuters
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Speaking in an interview in the February issue of “Gold Investor” — a magazine issued by the World Gold Council, Greenspan argued that imbalances in the economic strength of eurozone nations make the continued function of the single currency area a major concern. Source: Business Insider
Le Pen’s promise to take France out of the euro zone might well devastate Russia’s economy and financial stability. Russia holds close to 40 percent of its foreign currency reserves in euros. President Vladimir Putin said his country is “not interested in the collapse of the euro zone.” Source: Bloomberg
Household debt in the U.S. totals a staggering $12.58 trillion, a level not seen since 2008, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s quarterly report released Thursday. The figure represents a $226 billion increase in household debt for the fourth quarter, the largest quarterly increase since 2013. Source: CNBC