Consumers place a premium on transparency, high value, and low cost, as confirmed in our most recent Advisor Authority study of more than 1,600 RIAs, fee-based adviser and individual investors nationwide. And in a world where all consumers at every level are more tech-obsessed than ever — from the youngest iPhone-toting digital natives to the Netflix-streaming retirees — instant access has become table stakes. Blockchain technology has the power to provide it all — greater transparency, high value, low cost and instant access.

And where demand is high, venture capital and private equity follows. Funding of blockchain and bitcoin-related startups has boomed in recent years, as products have matured and clearer use cases have emerged. According to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech Report, global VC and PE investment in various forms of digital ledger technology increased from $136 million in 2013, to roughly $500 million per year in 2104 and 2015, to a new high of $540 million in 2016.

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