Chief financial officers are betting big on new technology and data solutions including blockchain, according to a new survey from international auditing firm Grant Thornton LLP’s 2019 CFO Survey.
The CEOs of Mastercard and Wells Fargo echoed skeptical comments on the utility of blockchain technology made earlier this week by Bank of America’s head of technology. Speaking to CNBC on March 28, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan said that while ignoring blockchain would be a “bad idea,” the technology has been “way oversold.” Mastercard CEO Ajaypal Banga added that blockchain technology has “interesting possibilities,” but said that “the business model is not proven.”
India’s commerce secretary launched a blockchain-based marketplace app for trading Indian coffee during a video conference on Thursday. A pilot project carried out in partnership with the Coffee Board of India and the International Coffee Organization, the marketplace app’s goal is to reduce the number of intermediaries between coffee growers and buyers, build farm-to-cup traceability, and help farmers increase their incomes by as much as 100 percent, said Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan during the video conference on March 28.
Hester Peirce doesn’t want the government to protect you from dumb cryptocurrency investments. Speaking at a taping of Laura Shin’s Unchained podcast at NYU’s Stern School of Business on March 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Crypto Mom”—a nickname she picked up after dissenting from the commission’s June 2018 decision not to approve a cryptocurrency exchange traded fund (ETF)—expressed a belief that her agency should be focused on protecting securities investors from fraud, not hindering speculation.