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The changeable burden that regulation is about to lay on digital asset custodians

Safe custody is the service that will unlock corporate issuance and institutional investing in the securities, asset-backed, non-fungible and fund token markets. While there is widespread recognition that regulation of digital asset custodians would accelerate progress, regulators around the world have so far reached consensus on combating financial crime only. Even that is proceeding slowlyContinue reading “The changeable burden that regulation is about to lay on digital asset custodians”

Is tokenisation of privately managed assets a dynamo, a diversion or a dead-end?

Privately managed assets have become the default choice for tokenisation enthusiasts. The reasoning behind their choice is hard to fault. The advertised benefits of tokenisation apply a fortiori to the asset class. Privately managed assets ‚Äď especially hedge funds and real estate, but also equity issuers that might previously have used the private placement orContinue reading “Is tokenisation of privately managed assets a dynamo, a diversion or a dead-end?”

How long must we wait for the flagship security token issuers?

Where are the flagship issuers of security tokens? This is the crucial question now facing the security token markets. The benefits to issuers of tokenisation ‚Äď much reduced issuance and servicing fees, a lower minimum fund-raising threshold, faster speed to market, and access to new investors ‚Äď are now well-understood by issuers. The infrastructure toContinue reading “How long must we wait for the flagship security token issuers?”

Digital issuance and investing will happen as soon as legal and regulatory confusion clears, say respondents to a Future of Finance poll

Custodian banks, transfer agents and central securities depositories (CSDs)  are the intermediaries most at risk from a transition to digital issuance and investing, according to a poll of attendees at the Future of Finance  event “Embrace this digital future or die,” held in London on 20 September 2022. Three out of four attendees at the event, which was focusedContinue reading “Digital¬†issuance and¬†investing will happen as soon as legal and regulatory confusion clears,¬†say respondents to a Future of Finance poll”

The fastest and cheapest way to be operationally resilient is to change the operating model

The global Pandemic put to the test operational resilience plans developed to deal with non-viral types of both natural (earthquakes, fire and flood) and unnatural (chiefly terrorist attacks) disasters. It quickly exposed the continuing reliance of many financial market institutions and infrastructures on face-to-face exchanges and manual processing, surveillance and authorisation procedures. Employees struggled toContinue reading “The fastest and cheapest way to be operationally resilient is to change the operating model”

Regulation plus digital identity is the key to the future of blockchain-based financial markets

The slow and steady convergence of blockchain-based finance and traditional financial markets is now a widely accepted prognosis. True, the implosion of values on the cryptocurrency and decentralised finance (DeFi) markets since the autumn of 2021 has made convergence seem the obvious path in the future. But the acceptance of this possibility by all butContinue reading “Regulation plus digital identity is the key to the future of blockchain-based financial markets”

Bosonic reinvents the operational infrastructure for the age of risk in digital asset trading

Key Insights From This Interview The summer of 2022 marked the end of the age of innocence for digital asset trading. It began with an algorithmic Stablecoin imploding, continued with a cryptocurrency hedge fund failing and causing the collapse of cryptocurrency platforms, and ended with the demise of a major cryptocurrency exchange. Which, trading volumesContinue reading “Bosonic reinvents the operational infrastructure for the age of risk in digital asset trading”

Do you believe CSDs need to invest in tokenisation capabilities now? (17th October 2022)

What is the event about? Future of Finance is pleased to announce an invitation-only event to debate whether central securities depositories (CSDs) need to invest now or later to take account of the possibility that the securities markets they serve will be tokenised. The Motion to be debated is, ‚ÄúThis House believes that CSDs needContinue reading “Do you believe CSDs need to invest in tokenisation capabilities now? (17th October 2022)”