On April 14, 2016, Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard, in a speech given at the Institute of International Finance Blockchain Roundtable, discussed the key challenges involved in the use of distributed ledger technologies in payment, clearing and settlement. In her comments, Governor Brainard discussed some key concerns inherent in distributed ledger technologies, including the challenge of balancing confidentiality and security of firm and client records with the effort to effectively manage access to transaction records for faster and more efficient clearance and settlement, and stressed the importance of fully understanding how different distributed ledger technologies interoperate with each other and with legacy systems.

The full text of Governor Brainard’s speech is available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/brainard20160414a.htm