Recent reports indicate that the Federal Reserve has released a paper that delves into the advantages and practical applications of converting real-world assets (RWA) into digital tokens on blockchain networks.
A new paper makes waves in the crypto space
The paper, titled “Tokenization: Overview and Financial Stability Implications,” reveals that RWAs including stocks, bonds, real estate, and commodities are already being tokenized.
The researchers from the Fed explain that asset tokenization leverages blockchain technology to provide numerous benefits.
The paper stated the following:
“Tokenizations have the potential to provide a variety of benefits, including granting investors access to markets that are otherwise inaccessible or costly to enter. For example, real estate tokenizations might allow for investment in a fraction of the underlying asset, with investors able to purchase shares in specific commercial buildings or residential investments, as opposed to real estate investment trusts (REITs) where investors own shares of a portfolio of real estate investments.”
The notes continued and said this:
“More generally, the programmability of crypto tokens and the ability to leverage smart contracts, allows for additional features that can be embedded into the tokenized asset which might also benefit markets for the underlying reference assets.
For example, liquidity-saving mechanisms could be implemented in the settlement of the tokenized asset even if they are not implementable for its real-world counterpart.
These attributes might lower barriers to entry for a wider set of investors, resulting in more competitive and liquid markets, and better price discovery.”
According to the Fed, although tokenization is still a new concept, it has the potential to play a significant role in the crypto ecosystem.
The researchers suggest that tokenization could gain popularity by making it easier for more people to access certain markets, leading to increased liquidity.
However, at this stage, tokenization is still relatively small in scale compared to the market size of each reference asset.