Dispatch #198: $874 Тrillion in Tokenized Assets?

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In this patch of your weekly Dispatch:

ETH Traders Look Up 🕶️

Solana’s ETF Wave 🌊

Global Economy Settles Down 🌐

The Big Idea

The First Element in Real-World Assets

There was no recovery for most of the crypto market this week. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Dispatch editors had to seek inspiration elsewhere. Thankfully, our readers showed interest in a matter of great potential. It was in 2023 that we last talked about real-world asset (RWA) tokenization and now we’ve got a tasty report to chew, as we look ahead.

  • RWA tokenization could eventually encompass $874 trillion in wealth: While  still in its early days, various media report asset tokenization is one of the most profitable sectors in 2024. True, that applies to the few financial institutions who’ve begun dabbling with the concept, but that figure of $874T (that’s trillions of dollars!) notes the potential size of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and even real estate migrating on-chain.
  • Tokenized market cap could reach $2T by 2030: Thus spoke leading consulting corporation McKinsey & Company, excluding the likes of Bitcoin and stablecoins. They  project that, in a bullish scenario, tokenized finance could even reach $4T by 2030, driven by mutual funds, bonds and exchange-traded notes (ETN), loans (wink wink) and securitization, and alternative funds.

It’s a concept that will take time to overcome its initial challenges –  tech hurdles, operational barriers, and the need for market engagement from issuers and investors. But we’ve got one key aspect of that evolution potentially covered, namely, NFTs addressing asset ownership challenges through blockchain. 

Their use-case of unique .jpegs may have proven less than ideal. However, that’s not the case in other industries, where they are transformative. 

NFTs enable artists to monetize digital art. They ensure transparency and efficiency in financial markets. They verify carbon credits. They elevate user experiences as brand attributes.

So, where’s the Big Idea here? It’s all about adoption in real-world asset tokenization and NFTs arguably bring a solution in typical crypto fashion. You see, maybe we’re not there yet infrastructure-wise, but with NFTs, ownership of tokenized real-world assets becomes unequivocal and secure.

The Latest In…

ETH’s Ins and Outs

Some crypto options traders are taking a bold stance amid Ethereum's recent downturn, purchasing September expiry call options at the $4,000 strike price. Despite Ethereum's 5% decline over the past week to $3,350, these traders anticipate a bullish resurgence. 

Here’s what one of the reasons may be. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly nearing approval for spot Ethereum ETFs, potentially greenlighting them as early as July 4, according to Reuters. Talks between asset managers and regulators are reportedly in the final stages.

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Solana Rides the ETF Wave

Last week we thought we saw the first sign of a Solana-based ETF, and now we have something much more formal. VanEck has filed to launch the first U.S. exchange-traded fund (ETF) centered around Solana (SOL). The announcement has already boosted Solana's value by 8% in just 24 hours, underscoring its scalability, speed, and cost-efficiency.

“We believe SOL, like Bitcoin and ETH, is a digital commodity,” says VanEck's head of digital assets research, Matthew Sigel. With the SEC’s approval of a bitcoin ETF and an ether ETF likely soon, experts predict Solana could be next. Solana's recent price surge, breaking out of a descending channel pattern, is also attributed to the launch of "Actions" and "Blinks," tools that enable seamless transactions across various platforms.

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Here Come the Japanese Investors

The latest survey by the financial company Nomura revealed that more than 50% of Japanese investment managers intend to go into digital assets in the next three years. 54% of respondents are planning to invest in cryptocurrencies, with 25% expressing a positive view of digital assets. 

62% of respondents see crypto as a diversification opportunity alongside traditional assets like cash, stocks, bonds, and commodities. Respondents indicated a preferred allocation of 2%-5% of assets under management (AUM) to digital assets, with nearly 80% planning to hold these investments for over a year.

The Latest In…

Central Banks Testing the Economy

  • Big U.S. banks have proven resilient in the face of economic stress.They’d survive a hypothetical 40% drop in commercial real estate values, concludes the Federal Reserve's annual health test. 
  • Researchers at the ECB's annual meeting in Sintra forecast an “easy last kilometre” in fighting inflation, anticipating a return to the ECB's 2% target without new shocks. They suggest cutting rates to 2.5% from 3.75% as inflation eases to target levels next year. 
  • Japan's government plans an unscheduled revision to its first-quarter GDP, expected to reflect a significant contraction due to corrected construction data. Analysts, including Yoshiki Shinke from Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, anticipate a downward revision to show a 2.7% annualized GDP contraction, worse than the current 1.8% estimate.

The Week’s Most Interesting Data Story

Have We Run Out of Greed?

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index, tracking sentiment in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets, has plunged to its lowest level in 18 months after Bitcoin fell below $60,000, its lowest since early May. The index considers factors like volatility, trading volume, Bitcoin dominance, and trends, reflecting a decline from a peak of 90 in March during Bitcoin's rise to $69,000. Despite fears, experts like Samson Mow of Galaxy Digital suggest market reactions may be exaggerated, driven more by sentiment than substantial sell-offs.

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