European banks must speed up their investments in blockchain technology in order to recapture their own capital markets from American financial institutions, global consulting firm Bain & Company warned in a report released on September 3. A day later, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde told the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee that with bank profits low and FinTech firms gobbling up investments, EU central banks must welcome new technologies—including digital currencies—in order to remain competitive.
Morgan Stanley Plans to Offer Bitcoin Swap Trading for Clients (Bloomberg) Morgan Stanley is joining the ranks of institutions by offering swaps to its clients, according to a report by Bloomberg’s Alastair Marsh. A source at the bank told Marsh that a swap product would launch once there’s enough institutional demand and after it gets through internal approvals. For the unfamiliar, a swap would essentially “swap” exposures of one asset with another. Let’s say fund has $1 billion in the S&P 500. They would then enter into an agreement with someone who has $1 billion in Bitcoin to trade returns. Thus if after the first three months the S&P 500…