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The Rise of


Digital Asset

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Given the recent crypto market slump, it’s understandable to question future opportunities in the space. However, there are a multitude of aspects surrounding digital assets, not just cryptocurrencies. And each aspect presents an opportunity for investors. Given the potential of digital assets and rising institutional adoption, it is beneficial for all market participants to at least familiarize themselves with the subject and plan for the future of capital markets.

Digital assets have become a popular asset class not just for retail investors, but also for institutional funds and large corporations. Tokenized illiquid assets alone, a subset of digital assets, are expected to reach $16 trillion by 2030, according to Boston Consulting Group.

When you think of a digital asset, you may picture cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, or NFTs like those of Bored Ape Yacht Club. In reality, digital assets encompass much more. They are an emerging asset class that includes NFTs, crypto assets like digital currencies and stablecoins, and even central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Real-world assets such as real estate, art, and precious metals can even become digital assets through the process of tokenization.

What are digital assets and tokens?

Tokenized versions of traditional financial products like equities, bonds, derivatives, and ETFs are also included in this new asset class.

Tokenization simply means subdividing ownership of an asset, physical or digital, through digital tokens. These tokens can be traded and stored on a blockchain, and smart contracts help manage the fractionalized ownership rights.

Get the complete rundown of why institutional adoption of digital assets is growing, and why financial institutions need to start exploring this new asset class.

Crypto assets
Used primarily as a form of payment or a store of value, these digital assets are stored on a blockchain and often feature a capped supply to help hold their value.
These digital assets are designed to maintain a stable, 1:1 value relative to a specific asset. They are often pegged to fiat currencies, such as the US dollar.
Non-Fungible Tokens(NFT)
These are digital records of ownership made possible by blockchain technology. NFTs can represent ownership of digital content as well as real-world assets.
Central Banks Digital Currencies(CBDCs)
In addition to being a digital representation of a nation’s fiat currency, these assets are issued and backed by central banks.
Security Tokens
These digital assets are tokenized versions of any asset that meets the definition of a security or financial investment, such as stocks or bonds.

Types of Digital Assets

Institutional adoption

$215 billion out of the $335 billion traded on Coinbase in Q1 of 2021 originated from institutional investors.
In 2018, Fidelity launched a platform called Fidelity Digital Asset Services to serve the varying needs of institutional investors when it comes to digital assets.
BNY Mellon, too, has entered the ring with its Digital Asset Custody platform this year to support client demand. It’s the industry’s first multi-asset platform that bridges digital and traditional asset custody.
JP Morgan was also in the news recently with plans to tokenize trillions of dollars of assets to potentially be used as collateral in DeFi pools.

Quicker settlement times

New revenue streams for institutions

Improved access to capital markets

Lower costs

Real-time tracking of assets

Increased liquidity

What are the benefits of tokenization and digital assets?

There are many features and benefits of tokenization and digital assets. One benefit institutions can take advantage of is getting the most out of illiquid assets by offering them to a new segment of investors. Just as the introduction of fractional shares was a boon to retail investors (and in turn, the financial institutions), fractional ownership of these illiquid assets could mean that investors who could not afford to buy the assets outright can now purchase fractions of these assets.

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