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Moody's: Blockchain disruption to have mixed credit implications for global banking systems

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technology has the potential to significantly reduce the costs and time involved in cross-border banking transactions, increasing banks' efficiency but putting pressure on their fees and commissions, said

While making cross-border transactions faster and less expensive would be credit positive for banks, these efficiencies could also compress their fees and commissions, a credit negative.

Moody's report focuses on two specific areas in order to assess the potential disruption that could cause: cross-border transactions and fee and commission income. The report notes that these are just two of the channels through which the technology is likely to impact operations.

"has the potential to substantially change how a wide range of are executed," said Colin Ellis, Moody's -- Credit Strategy and the report's "Banks could benefit significantly from the development and implementation of in terms of enhanced efficiency, cost savings and risk reduction.

"But the adoption of these technologies will also limit processing fees, commissions and gains on foreign exchange transactions, which will pressure revenue."

Swiss banks would be most exposed to reductions in fees and commission, with 50% of their revenue coming from that source.

Italian, Canadian, and Israeli banks follow at around 35%. Meanwhile, banks in Asia Pacific, as well as some smaller European periphery countries, are relatively less prone to relying on fees and commissions in generating total revenue.

Banking systems with significant cross-border transactions -- including those in the United Kingdom, and -- may see the most disruption from the technology that underpins crypto-currencies such as

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 11:12 IST