1994-05-03 - Re: Digital Cash

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From: rah@TIAC.net (Robert Hettinga, Shipwright Development Corp.)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-05-03 19:31:55 UTC
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From: rah@TIAC.net (Robert Hettinga, Shipwright Development Corp.)
Date: Tue, 3 May 94 12:31:55 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re:  Digital Cash
Message-ID: <199405031932.PAA01647@zork.tiac.net>
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>>Anybody else out there with less draconian advantages to digital cash?
>Immediate and final clearing.

I think I see that... If your accounting systems were tightly coupled
enough, (and you were completely cash based) you could get your pro formas
on 12:01 am the day after the quarter ended. Of course you wouldn't have a
chance to back-pedal the results so well, either. .

Your comment about clearing reminds me of something else, though. I know
that options are settled much faster (Next-day, if I remember.  It's been
too long since I was in a cage.) than equity and fixed-income (5 days)

Is it possible to see instantaneous settlement happen in the financial
markets with digital cash?  I keep remembering that Edison made his first
real pile by inventing the stock ticker, though I'm not sure how
crypto-anarchist libertarians (syntax-error?) would make theirs here. ;-)

OTOH, would "immediate and final clearing" in a peer-to-peer clearing
mechanism be a useful enough benefit that a market's participants would pay
to use it?

-Bob Hettinga

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