DTCC, Chainlink pilot accelerates fund tokenization with major banks on board; LINK soars 7%

The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), recognized as the world’s largest securities settlement system, has successfully completed a pilot project in collaboration with the blockchain oracle Chainlink and multiple major U.S. financial institutions.

The term “Smart NAV” given to this pilot project intended to establish an agreed process of getting and circulating funds’ net asset value (NAV) data across almost any private or public blockchains. This was made possible due to the utilization of Chainlink’s interoperability protocol known as CCIP (Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol). Notable market participants such as American Century Investments, BNY Mellon, Edward Jones, Franklin Templeton, Invesco, JPMorgan, MFS Investment Management, Mid Atlantic Trust Company, State Street Bank Trust Company, and US Bancorp were involved in this venture.

According to the report, DTCC has accomplished its pilot and “found that by delivering structured data on-chain and creating standard roles and processes, foundational data could be embedded into a multitude of on-chain use cases such as tokenized funds and ‘bulk consumer’ smart contracts,” which are contracts that hold data for multiple funds.

This pilot project announcement boosted cryptocurrency markets for some time. Consequently, LINK rallied 7% higher on the news before steadying around $15 for the first time since May 6th compared with CoinDesk 20 Index (CD20). This is a benchmark for broader crypto markets, which saw a slight decline during the same period.

This occurred in an environment where assets like bonds, funds, and other conventional investments are being tokenized at an increasing pace. Many promises, such as faster settlements than traditional financial infrastructure, enhanced transparency, and operational efficiencies, make it one of the most attractive use cases for blockchain technology.

BlackRock, CitiGroup Inc., HSBC, and other financial industry giants have not been left behind in the race to tokenize RWAs. These institutions are aware of how blockchain can streamline processes, cut settlement times, and enhance transparency across different financial instruments.

The fact that major US banks participated in the successful DTCC pilot project with Chainlink indicates a significant milestone toward the increased adoption of blockchain technology by the financial industry. The initiative is an opportunity for going forward with fund tokenization and distribution of their NAVs over several blockchain networks. The initiative is most likely to open up space for further development or implementation of tokenized solutions within wider finance.

Given the increasing demand for tokenized assets, collaborative projects like the Smart NAV pilot will be instrumental in setting benchmarks, promoting interoperability, and facilitating seamless connections between traditional financial tools and emerging blockchain-based platforms.

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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