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Tokenization of assets is not taking off, but it really should

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For a long time, experts have been talking about how tokenization — the act of creating a digital representation of an asset on a distributed ledger — of a financial or real asset can unlock trillions in illiquid assets, giving retail investors access to investments with previously high minimum capital requirements thanks to fractional ownership or settle trades on a distributed ledger instantly. 

But if we investigate the current tokenization offerings, none is truly taking off and attracting the masses. If the theoretical advantages are true, millions of investors must be onboarding on exchanges that offer tokenized assets. However, this is not the case.

What is the problem of most tokenization offerings?

Let us take the example of tokenized equity to showcase the current issues and hurdles. The tokenization lifecycle of an equity consists of multiple steps. The first is the legal structuring followed by the minting (creation) of the tokens, in most cases with ERC-20 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. Contrary to many beliefs, minting is one of the easiest parts of tokenization — the bigger challenges follow. As the purpose of the equity tokens is to be traded, we need to have a marketplace. With this comes the questions of token custody, liquidity, settlement and regulatory compliance.

If we look at the current service providers in this space, there is nearly no one who can offer all the steps of issuance, custody, marketplace, liquidity, settlement, etc. in one integrated offering. This has some major implications for why tokenization is not taking off — namely, that issuers and investors must deal with multiple service providers. Most probably these service providers are also located in different jurisdictions, which adds a whole new dimension to it, as equity tokens should ideally be able to be traded internationally just like traditional equity. And that is not possible as regulation differs from country to country.

Another major problem of tokenization marketplaces is liquidity. Currently, there is very low liquidity on tokenized marketplaces if we are to look at the trading volumes while the volumes of cryptocurrencies are currently reaching new all-time highs on a weekly basis. A reason for this is that the few exchanges that are on the market cannot attract enough investors. The easiest solution to solve this issue is for tokenized asset marketplaces to be connected to traditional exchanges and to leverage their customer base as they already have the desired liquidity.

This is only possible if the UI/UX is equal to traditional exchanges, and the investors do not see and interact directly with the blockchain. If investors need to set up their own wallet and deal with the blockchain directly, then we will never see a big inflow of mainstream investors into tokenized assets, as this makes the whole process more difficult and inconvenient, which is the exact opposite of the end goal.

A good UI/UX is very important in tokenization offerings as opposed to crypto applications such as DeFi platforms, where the UI/UX may not be the best. But despite the fact that the product is revolutionary, the masses are unwilling to deal with tokenization because it’s inconvenient and not seen as a groundbreaking innovation.

Another big topic in tokenization is regulatory clearance. If we continue with our example of tokenized equity, there is the question of how to deal with a digital representation of a security. In most jurisdictions, a token is not a security by itself. Rather, the token just represents the right to own the equity, but the equity still also exists in its “traditional” form. In other jurisdictions, however, there is even less clearance.

While tokenization is without question one of the most promising use cases of blockchain technology, the current setup is in most cases worthless, as it renders things more complicated rather than effective. To change this, we need a clear regulatory environment, such as in Switzerland, for example, to integrate all elements of the tokenization lifecycle into one offering, and have a “traditional” UI/UX for the investors. If we can get these three elements right, there is nothing to stop tokenization to become a major game-changer and open many new asset classes to the market. I believe that tokenization marketplaces should partner up with traditional exchanges to offer liquidity, especially for tokenized equity.

This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Darius Moukhtarzadeh is in the sales and clients team of Sygnum Bank. Sygnum is a digital asset bank that received a Swiss banking license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority in August 2019. Prior to Sygnum Bank, Moukhtarzadeh worked for Ernst & Young in blockchain consultancy and for several startups in the Swiss Crypto Valley.

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Real Estate Giant Teams up with Gemini to Buy Bitcoin and Allow BTC Rent Payments

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Caruso, one of the largest estate companies in the US, has entered the BTC space with an undisclosed investment. The organization also revealed it will begin accepting bitcoin as payment for rent following a partnership with Gemini – the cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins.

Pay Rent with Bitcoin

Without specifying the precise amount, Caruso announced earlier that it had made a “significant initial investment” in the primary cryptocurrency as part of its treasury management strategy. The move has made the company “the first to adopt the technology in the real estate industry.”

The firm completed the purchase through a partnership with Gemini, a US-based cryptocurrency exchange and custodian. The innovation reinforced the company’s confidence in the digitizing space.

Additionally, the firm enabled its tenants to pay rent with bitcoin, should they choose to do so.

Rick Caruso, founder, and CEO of the company weighed in on the topic:


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”We believe that cryptocurrency is here to stay. We believe that bitcoin is the right investment for us. We’ve allocated a percentage of what would normally go into the capital market into bitcoin.”

The billionaire went further and stated crypto is a long-term resolution and ”it’s not about the next year or five years”.

”We are thrilled to partner with Caruso as they continue to push the real estate sector to new heights by embracing cryptocurrency for the benefit of both their customer experience and their own business operations. We are excited to help them execute their digital asset treasury strategy and advise them more broadly throughout their cryptocurrency journey.” – commented Gemini’s CEO Tyler Winklevoss.

The Los Angeles-based company has become a part of the growing institutional adoption of bitcoin around the globe. According to experts, companies like MicroStrategy, MassMutual, Tesla, and more are a vital factor behind BTC’s recent price increase.

Bitcoin as a Form of Payment

While Caruso may be the first firm from the real estate industry to adopt BTC as a payment method, companies from other sectors have well preceded it. Most recently, the popular NBA team Sacramento Kings said it will give the option to its players to receive their salaries in the primary cryptocurrency.

Another fresh example is the UK private jet company – PrivateFly. The organization revealed that nearly 20% of its yearly payments were paid in bitcoin.

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Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

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Binance Coin registered huge gains in the past few weeks. BitTorrent Token could consolidate before seeing recovery, while Ontology could face selling pressure if it falls out of the rising channel it was trading within.

Binance Coin [BNB]

Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: BNB/USDT on TradingView

From March 25 to April 10, at the time of writing, BNB has climbed from $225 to $473. Using the Fibonacci tool for its move from $225 to $356, where BNB had faced some resistance in early April, extension levels were plotted. These levels have been reached, and more ambitious targets for BNB lie in the $550 region.

It is not out of the question that BNB reaches these levels, especially with the BNB quarterly burning set for later this month. On the hourly, the RSI continued to stay above neutral 50 to show an uptrend in progress, and no divergence was seen. The Stochastic RSI was dropping toward oversold territory.

BitTorrent Token [BTT]

Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: BTT/USDT on TradingView

On the hourly chart, BTT broke out of a descending channel but was rejected at the $0.01 resistance level. Sometimes, breakouts from descending channel consolidate within a range before reaching toward the peak of the channel.

This could be what is happening for BTT. It has resistance at $0.01 and support at $0.0075. The breakout point at $0.0085 is also likely to serve as support.

Trading volume was trending downward. The Awesome Oscillator showed bearish pressure was present, although it was not strong.

Ontology [ONT]

Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: ONT/USDT on TradingView

ONT was also trading within a channel, but this one was ascending. Again, the short-term outlook placed ONT right beside a level of importance. There was resistance for ONT at the $2.05 level, and support from the lower boundary of the rising channel.

ONT began trading within this pattern about three days prior to the time of writing. A session close beneath the channel would likely see ONT face further selling pressure to take it to the base of the channel at $1.72. THE OBV has been on an uptrend in recent days but the MACD was beginning to drop.


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IOTA co-founder discloses Coordicide’s release date

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The cryptocurrency market has seen the altcoins surge despite the correction witnessed in the short term. IOTA, the altcoin ranked 27th on CoinMarketCap, has grown dramatically on the charts right from the start of the month.

IOTA co-founder Dominik Schiener recently did one of his systematic AMA sessions. He elucidated some of the most important concepts about the development of IOTA and its updates, Chrysalis and Coordicide.

To begin with, Schiener answered a question about the challenges that IOTA 2.0 or Coordicide might face in its deployment process. One of the issues faced by the group of developers was to discover and fix bugs on major components.

The co-founder further shared his optimism on the progress in the AMA session.

“Coordicide will fully decentralize IOTA. On the theoretical side we are doing very well to deliver what is promised which is a fully decentralized IOTA. I think the biggest risk is the implementation.”

At this very moment, IOTA targetted Q4 of this year as a tentative date for Coordicide’s rollout. However, this depends largely on the results of the incentivized testnet, Schiener said:

“A lot of that will depend on how well the incentivized testnet goes, that’s why we always say that the incentivized test network is the most important part of Coordicide. That’s where the research combines with the implementation to test in an open environment.”

Furthermore, Schiener addressed concerns regarding data sharding. The Value Tangle team, just like the Coordicide team, reviewed all the “paths” and possible implementation of this component. Schiener stated:

“I think when it comes to sharding, if I had to sum it up, I think the biggest risk is going to be building a solution that is going to kill IOTA adoption. In a similar way of how they said the biggest risk to Ethereum is Ethereum 2.0.”

What’s interesting to note here, is the analogy with ETH and ETH 2.0. 

Keeping all the risks in mind, Schiener concluded:

“With that in mind, the team have received feedback from their corporate partners to create a solution that the market wants. In large part, Chrysalis will be the culmination of that feedback.”


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