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14 banks ranked by how much they 'get' bitcoin and the blockchain

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One of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell's coins in this photo illustration at his office in Sandy, Utah, September 17, 2013. Bitcoins, touted by some experts as the future of money, gained in prominence during Europe's financial crisis as more people questioned the safety of holding their cash in the bank. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, currently making headlines with plans to launch a Bitcoin fund, said on Tuesday that they could see the digital currency becoming a country's official money.

When bitcoin first emerged banks didn't want anything to do with it. But a few years down the line and pretty much all of them are looking at it.

Although no British High Street banks currently accept bitcoin — Barclays is tipped to become the first — many of them are experimenting to varying degrees with the record-keeping technology that underpins it, the blockchain.

Earlier this month 9 leading banks formed a partnership, headed by startup R3, to create a common "fabric" of blockchain for mainstream banking — essentially establishing the ground rules.

The blockchain software works like a distributed ledger, recording and enabling transactions. It essentially eliminates the need for a trusted middleman to sit in between an exchange, as the software itself acts as the trusted middleman.

This has the potential to make transactions quicker, cheaper, and easier than currently possible, and also has potential applications for things like issuing shares.

Check out what the banks are up to, ranked from least to most advanced on bitcoin and blockchain adoption.

14. MORGAN STANLEY: 'totally surreal'

Morgan Stanley has been cautious in its approach to cryptocurrency. The bank hosted an event centered around the cryptocurrency at its New York headquarters last March, but CEO James Gorman has called bitcoin "totally surreal."



13. LLOYDS: hackathon sponsor

Lloyds has been one of the quietest when it comes to dealing with bitcoin and the blockchain. The bank has published a guide to the cryptocurrency on its website, but beyond that has only sponsored hackathons dealing with the technology.



12. BNP PARIBAS: adding bitcoin to a currency fund, maybe

BNP Paribas analyst Johann Palychata has written several notes on the history and potential application of bitcoin and the blockchain, looking at its use in payments, securities issuing, fund distribution, and international trades.

The bank is also reportedly looking at ways of incorporating bitcoin into one of its currency funds, according to the International Business Times.



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