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Public Market- Where are the biggest institutional opportunities?


Public Market- Where are the biggest institutional opportunities?

The the dynamic landscape of finance, the discussion around tokenized asset classes has gained significant traction. From private to public markets, the concept of digitizing assets is reshaping traditional investment paradigms. In a recent panel discussion, industry experts delved into the nuances of this transformative trend, shedding light on its opportunities and challenges.

The panel titled "Public Markets – Where are the Biggest Institutional Opportunities? ETF, Mutual Funds, Stocks, Bonds" is moderated by Julien Bahurel, Partner, Deep Blue/Definer Fund. With the following panelists:

– Anndy Lian, Senior Advisor, Peach Income Fund
– Tony Wong, Managing Director, CSOP Asset Management
– Nicholas Studholme Wilson, Chief Operating Officer – Asia, GFO-X

Navigating the Shift: From Traditional to Tokenized Markets

The conversation, moderated by Julian, steered away from the conventional Hong Kong-centric discourse to explore the realm of tokenization across diverse asset classes. With functional markets amounting to trillions, the panelists emphasized the importance of understanding the potential of liquid markets through tokenization.

Unveiling Opportunities Amidst Market Dynamics

Addressing the audience, Tony provided insights into the burgeoning opportunities within the realm of ETFs and cryptocurrency. Despite the absence of precise figures, Tony highlighted the influx of investments in crypto ETFs, signaling a significant uptake in the Asian market. Institutional investors are increasingly showing interest, seeking avenues to navigate risks and access crypto assets securely.

Tokenization: A Catalyst for Market Evolution

Anndy, representing Peach Income Fund, echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the seamless tokenization of mutual funds. With a blend of crypto-native expertise and institutional backing, He envisioned a smooth transition towards tokenizing mutual funds, leveraging blockchain technology for enhanced liquidity and accessibility.

Navigating the Path to Tokenization

Nicholas shared his perspective on the practicalities of tokenization amidst day-to-day business operations. Recognizing the inherent challenges of bridging traditional finance with blockchain, Nicholas underscored the need for a gradual approach. While the ultimate goal is to transition to public chains for full transparency, practical considerations such as latency and identity verification necessitate a phased implementation.

Integration of Traditional and Tokenized Markets

Amidst discussions on coexistence versus displacement, the panelists envisaged a scenario where traditional and tokenized markets would initially coexist before eventually converging. While the allure of blockchain technology offers potential efficiencies, regulatory frameworks, and market dynamics will play pivotal roles in shaping this transition.

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

As the dialogue progressed, questions surfaced regarding the role of exchanges and corporations in a tokenized future. While the prospect of corporations establishing proprietary chains is plausible, regulatory hurdles and the entrenched role of exchanges in facilitating transactions pose significant barriers.

Conclusion: Towards a Tokenized Future

In essence, the journey towards tokenized asset classes signifies a paradigm shift in global markets. While challenges abound, blockchain technology’s transformative potential in enhancing liquidity, accessibility, and transparency cannot be overstated. As stakeholders navigate this evolution, collaboration, innovation, and regulatory alignment will be key drivers in unlocking the full potential of tokenization in global finance.

The conference Digital Assets: Realised was held in Hong Kong on 7 March 2024. It brought traditional funding and listing players together with new digital exchange and platform opportunities.