New world economy
The blockchain promise in the real economy
By tokenising existing assets it is possible to offer investors more choice and investments that better fit their risk profiles.
This helps to explain why there is a considerable amount of work being carried out, but yet to be announced, by large asset managers looking to tokenise their mutual funds and property owners exploring how to tokenise Real Estate portfolios.
Fund managers are looking at ways to offer their funds in a digital format so enabling them to trade 24/7 and be made available to these younger, new investors - many of whom do not wish to deal via an IFA or broker dealer, but go direct.
For commercial property owners they own buildings where there are different types of tenants who potentially offer various risk profiles.
By tokenising the building, it would be possible for an investor to have exposure to all types of tenants and income profiles separately, as opposed to simply investing in the mix of receipts from the various tenants.
Alternatively, if you look at a publicly quoted company such as Amazon, by tokenising its shares it potentially would be possible to give token-holders access to specific assets of the company. Investors could buy tokens in Prime and the ‘online’ (original Amazon business) or the hugely successful Amazon cloud services division or Blue Origin , Amazon’s space exploration division.
Not only does this offer investors access to different risk profiles and cash flows but it could enable a company to raise capital using tokens from different investors!