Switzerland has been a leader in banking innovation for years. As the adoption of digital assets in financial services kicks into high gear, Switzerland continues to pave the way for their full, secure application and regulation. What specific tactics are Swiss banks and regulators employing to navigate the digital-assets environment?
Distributed ledger technology (DLT)
Corporate-banking customers have been slower than consumer-banking clients to jump on the digital bandwagon but are on it now, searching for single-source solutions to meet all their product and service needs under one digital umbrella. Both traditional and challenger banks are in the race to fulfill this quest, but which will prevail?
New technologies have infiltrated every corner of the world during the digital age, but four stand out as frontrunners. The DARQ forces of distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, extended reality and quantum computing, working independently and together, are ready to guide businesses and society into a bold new frontier.
As a host of industry initiatives, innovative technologies and new digital forms of currency emerge, payments are rapidly evolving—with multiple routes emerging that each look likely to lead to a payment destination that is instant, 24/7/365 and fully transparent. With banks seeking to navigate this changing landscape, how is this payment destination being secured? Not with a one-size-fits-all remedy, but through a combination of developing technologies and solutions.
Digital ledger technologies and crypto-assets have evolved from obscurity to prominence in recent years, bringing with them opportunity and risk. Initially regulators focussed primarily on mitigating risks to consumers but as the applications of the technology have continued to evolve the principle of technological neutrality demands a more adaptive approach. The challenge now is to harness the benefits for EU citizens of scaling up business applications whilst continuing to effectively mitigate the risks. The EBA shows the way.