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Accelerating Tokenization: Avalanche Foundation’s $50M Initiative to Revolutionize On-Chain Finance

The Avalanche Foundation has set aside up to $50 million to acquire tokenized assets created on the Avalanche blockchain, also known as “real world assets” or tokenized “off-chain assets.” This initiative, called “Avalanche Vista,” aims to showcase the benefits of tokenization, which involves representing assets digitally on the blockchain, leveraging Avalanche’s fast, scalable, and customizable features.

By allocating $50 million, the Avalanche Foundation demonstrates its commitment to developing a more accessible, efficient, and cost-effective financial system using Avalanche’s innovative consensus mechanism, unique Subnet architecture, and technical advancements. The program seeks to accelerate the adoption of tokenization in on-chain finance (OnFi) by illustrating how blockchain technology can streamline traditionally manual and operationally-intensive processes such as asset issuance, settlement, transfer, and administration.

Avalanche Vista will consider a wide range of assets, including equity, credit, real estate, commodities, and blockchain-native assets. Notably, this initiative follows significant milestones in asset tokenization, such as the tokenization of a KKR fund interest on the Avalanche blockchain and the launch of IntainMARKETS, an administration platform and tokenized marketplace for asset-backed securities on the Avalanche Evergreen Subnet.

John Wu, President of Ava Labs, emphasized that asset tokenization is not only the future of capital markets but a vital force in the present financial landscape. By leveraging on-chain asset issuance and administration combined with tokenization, barriers to private market investing can be overcome, allowing for broader access and smaller investment minimums.

The past year has witnessed a surge in efforts from both traditional financial institutions and crypto-native initiatives to enable on-chain use cases with tokenized assets that were previously held off-chain. This transition to on-chain processes is expected to result in significant efficiencies and an improved user experience for issuers and investors.

According to a report by Security Token Advisors, the majority of capital markets participants anticipate the digitization of traditional securities within the next 5-10 years. The market for tokenized securities alone is projected to reach $20 trillion by the end of 2030, and institutions are expected to tokenize $25 billion in off-chain assets in 2023, as predicted by asset manager VanEck.

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