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Last year it was FinTech. 2018 was scheduled to be the year of RegTech but the crazy inflation in the value of crypto-currencies at the end of 2017 hijacked that and this year became the year where no sentence was complete without the word "blockchain" somewhere in it, or so it seemed. But the love affair is already turning sour as reality sets in and the buzzword junkies are at last being shown for what they are: opportunists who will be onto the next big thing as soon as someone tells them what it is.

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Impact on the conventional sector

"No head-scratching and audible sighs of relief as knickers become untwisted. "

Interacting with a blockchain

How Ethereum demonstrated the benefits of blockchain-based currency for financial crime reduction.

In this exclusive multi-part analysis, World Money Laundering Report looks at blockchains from a layman's perspective, demystifies the topic using plain language and often humour and explains some of the risks that it creates for regulators, investigators, providers of financial services and the public at large.

Note: there is nothing technical here. It's intended to be simple, bordering on the simplistic from a techy standpoint, for non technical people.

Every so often, Bitcoin hits the news because a criminal gang is using it for some nefarious purpose. We examined BitCoin in a special issue (see here) in 2013. It was not our first look at virtual currencies: that was way back in the mid 1990s, before we even launched World Money Laundering Report, and we've kept a watching brief ever since. Here's the current scary stuff.