JPMorgan settles its first blockchain-based collateral

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has successfully carried out its initial collateral settlement for clients with the help of blockchain. This is at a time when the biggest bank in the US is looking into commercial applications that are created on the technology that is at the heart of crypto.

BlackRock exchanged money market fund shares for digital tokens using the Tokenized Collateral Network (TCN) provided by JPMorgan. They were then sent to Barclays as part of an ancillary transaction between the two financial institutions conducted over the counter. This was revealed by Tyrone Lobban, head of Onyx Digital Assets at JPMorgan.

It is not typical for a bank to commercialize a blockchain application. Considering JPMorgan’s overall business volume, the experiment was relatively minor. There are companies on Wall Street that have looked for ways to use blockchain to simplify their complicated processes, but no significant success has been observed.

According to Lobban, with the aid of the blockchain network, Onyx Digital Assets detailed the fact that the collateral was transferred immediately rather than after a complete day. According to him, the technology will increase efficiency by releasing locked capital, which can then be used as collateral for ongoing transactions.

In the words of the Head of Trading Services at JPMorgan, Ed Bond, with the assistance of the application, the bank intends to allow clients to utilize more assets as collateral, like equities, and set income. 

Advocates of blockchain are of the opinion that the utilization of the technology will create a convenient atmosphere for financial institutions to utilize their shares in money market funds in the form of collateral. The transaction time will be shorter, safeguarding against risk factors when the markets are volatile. 

According to the Deputy Global Chief Operating Officer at BlackRock, Tom McGrath, money market funds are significant for offering liquidity to investors when markets seem to be unstable. The tokenization of money market fund shares in the form of collateral for the clearance of transactions will substantially lessen disturbances in transactions.

JPMorgan operates a mechanism known as JPM Coin, which allows wholesale clients to carry out payments in dollars and euros via a blockchain network. The bank has processed roughly $300 billion since its inception and until the present. Over and above that, the bank operates a blockchain-oriented repo application. A lot of the bank’s competition is in the race, too.

Goldman Sachs Group launched its digital asset platform to allow clients to release financial securities as digital assets in the real estate sector. Together with Banco Santander SA and Societe Generale SA, Goldman Sachs assisted the European Investment Bank in the issuance of a digital bond using blockchain technology. There is also the asset manager, Franklin Templeton, who is experimenting with methods for processing transactions for his funds using blockchain technology.

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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