Trade Finance Expected to Play Key Role in $30.1 Trillion Tokenized Real-World Assets Sector in Next Decade – Report

Real-World Asset Tokenization: A Game Changer for Global Trade, a new paper released by Standard Chartered and Synpulse, predicts that demand for overall tokenized assets could reach USD 30.1 trillion by 2034, and that trade finance assets “could become one of the top three tokenized assets globally, at 16% of the total.”

Global trade is projected to “reach USD 32.6 trillion globally by 2030 and this, combined with growing industry digitization and the specific features of real-world trade finance assets, make it an ideal category to originate tokens.”

Currently, the tokenized assets sector mainly comprises traditional assets “like US treasuries and money market funds.”

However, the supply side is still in its infancy, with “the total value of tokenised assets (excluding stablecoins) standing at around USD 5 billion in early 2024.”

Despite its attractiveness as “an opportunity to diversify risk, trade finance assets are underinvested due to lack of familiarity, pricing inconsistency and operational intensity.”

Tokenization has the potential “to address these challenges, whilst also reducing information asymmetry and offering transparency to investors.”

Digital representations of real or traditional assets in “the form of a token, or distributed ledger, enable operational efficiency and automation, with the most critical benefits being their ability to deliver enhanced access to new asset classes and improved financial market infrastructure – opening doors to innovative applications in decentralized finance (DeFi) and new business models.”

Tokenization in trade finance is also seen “as an opportunity to tackle the growing trade finance gap – which is estimated to be USD 2.5 trillion globally.”

In addition to improving market access and increasing resilience and liquidity of supply chains, it also increases “the ability to reach suppliers in the deeper tiers of supply chains.”

Kai Fehr, Global Head of Trade, Standard Chartered said:

“We see the next three years as a critical junction for tokenisation, with trade finance assets coming to the fore as a new asset class. To unlock this trillion-dollar opportunity, industry-wide collaboration among all stakeholders, from investors and financial institutions to governments and regulators is critical.”

As noted in the update:

“Banks need to increasingly take on the role of bridging the existing traditional financial markets with a newer and more open token-enabled market infrastructure. As one of the top five Trade Finance Banks globally, and with our involvement in industry initiatives such as Project Guardian and Project Dynamo, Standard Chartered aims to be a driving force in the tokenisation of real-world assets, and unlocking its potential to narrow the global trade finance gap and play our part in powering the real economy.”

Yves Roesti, Managing Partner & CEO, Synpulse Group, said:

“At Synpulse, we believe real-world asset tokenisation is not just a trend, but a transformative force poised to reshape global trade finance. By leveraging tokenisation’s inherent efficiencies and transparency, we can unlock a future where the “missing middle” gains access to vital capital, investors benefit from a diversified asset class, and the global trade economy thrives. Synpulse remains committed to being at the forefront of this revolution, partnering with industry players to develop the infrastructure and strategies that will unlock the promise of tokenised real-world assets.”

As mentioned in the announcement, Synpulse is a global professional services company and a valued partner of players in the financial services and related industries.

They optimize the proximity to their clients and deep domain expertise “to create sustainable value using technology as a business driver.”

Leveraging their network of over 100 ecosystem partners, they accompany their clients throughout their transformation journey – “from strategy and development to implementation and management.”

Synpulse8 adds that they collaborate with clients “to co-create digital experiences with innovative technologies and proprietary methods.”

Synpulse is powered by the passion and commitment of its “more than 1200 employees, who come from over 30 countries. ”

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