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Blockchain - Global Thematic Research

Blockchain - Global Thematic Research


Blockchain is an electronic ledger of transactions that are continuously maintained in blocks of records. The ledgers are jointly held and run by all participants. Coupled with cryptographic security, this makes them tamper-proof. In a world where computer code is trusted more than human-run operations - especially amongst tech-savvy, urban Millennials - blockchain is a concept whose time has begun.

Most blockchain projects are still in development mode. Many are still in proof of concept stage.

In this report we look into trends, value chain, time line and industry ananlysis of blockchain along with the key players associated with it.


  • This report is part of our ecosystem of thematic investment research reports, supported by our “thematic engine”.
  • About our Thematic Research Ecosystem
  • GlobalData has developed a unique thematic methodology for valuing technology, media and telecom companies based on their relative strength in the big investment themes that are impacting their industry. Whilst most investment research is underpinned by backwards looking company valuation models, GlobalData’s thematic methodology identifies which companies are best placed to succeed in a future filled with multiple disruptive threats. To do this, GlobalData tracks the performance of the top 600 technology, media and telecom stocks against the 50 most important themes driving their earnings, generating 30,000 thematic scores. The algorithms in GlobalData’s “thematic engine” help to clearly identify the winners and losers within the TMT sector. Our 600 TMT stocks are categorised into 18 sectors. Each sector scorecard has a thematic screen, a risk screen and a valuation screen. Our thematic research ecosystem has a three-tiered reporting structure: single theme, multi-theme and sector scorecard. This report is a Single Theme report, offering in-depth research into a specific theme. It identifies winners and losers based on technology leadership, market position and other factors.
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  • Players
  • Trends
    • Blockchain industry trends
    • Blockchain use case trends
  • Value chain
    • Asset registries
    • Financial services platforms
    • Industrial platforms
  • Industry analysis
    • Commercial blockchains are at least five years away
    • Scalability could be the biggest problem
    • What are the primary use cases for blockchain technology?
      • Internet of Things transactions
      • Healthcare
      • Land registries
      • Digital fiat currencies
      • Smart grid
      • Commodity trading
    • Disrupting the banks
      • Winners and losers in the payments sector
  • Timeline
  • Technology briefing
    • How has blockchain technology developed over the last decade?
    • How does blockchain work?
  • Companies section
    • Public Companies
    • Private companies
  • Glossary
  • Appendix: Our "Thematic" research methodology
    • Table Five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

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