Mizuho builds blockchain trade finance platform with IBM

Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group, subsidiary bank Mizuho and IBM Japan are jointly building a blockchain platform for trade financing. Read more: www.cryptocoinsnews.com

Ripple adds 10 new financial firms to ‘blockchain network’

Ripple is adding 10 new banks and financial services providers to what it's now calling its "blockchain network". Read more: www.coindesk.com

South Korean insurance company Kyobo Life tests blockchain

Last week, the South Korean government selected life insurance company, Kyobo Life, to pioneer blockchain technology. Read more: www.crowdfundinsider.com

Blockchain could expand central bank access, says Bank of Japan

Central banks could allow access around the clock if they used blockchains, a senior Bank of Japan official speculated last week. Read more: www.coindesk.com

Blockchain is the coolest thing in Indian finance right now

It's tough to keep up with technology. And India's finance sector knows it too well. Read more: qz.com

BBVA completes cross-border instant payments

BBVA completes its first cross-border real-time payments using Ripple's blockchain technology with eyes on B2B payments. Read more: www.pymnts.com

Coinbase to launch an ethereum messaging app

Bitcoin exchange and wallet startup Coinbase revealed a new ethereum messaging product currently in testing today. Read more: www.coindesk.com

Moody’s: Don’t expect US to lead blockchain adoption

Moody's predicts that blockchain will disrupt the post-trade side of the securities business, but perhaps not in the way you think. Read more: www.coindesk.com

US FinTech regulation: a divided picture

While the prudential regulators are testing the waters in FinTech regulation, other federal agencies have also focused on FinTech’s potential. Scoop.it from: www.bankingtech.com

Ukraine to launch blockhain deal with tech firm Bitfury

Ukraine has partnered with Bitfury Group to put a sweeping range of government data on a blockchain platform. Read more: www.reuters.com