The future of financial infrastructure

An ambitious look at how blockchain can reshape financial services

The Distributed Ledger Technology Project is the most recent phase of the World Economic Forum’s ongoing Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Project in collaboration with Deloitte. This project explores the potential for distributed ledger technology to transform the infrastructure of the financial services industry.


Distributed ledger technology (DLT), more commonly called blockchain, has captured the imaginations, and wallets, of the financial services ecosystem. This report aims to complement existing distributed ledger technology research by providing a clear view into how financial service functions can be reimagined.

This analysis was based on over 12 months of research, engaging industry leaders and subject matter experts through interviews and multi stakeholder workshops. This report provides comprehensive, business-process-level views of distributed ledger technology implementations within each financial services function.

The future of financial infrastructure
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