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JPMorgan Introduces Tokenisation Platform with BlackRock

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JPMorgan, the major U.S. bank, introduced its proprietary blockchain-driven tokenization application called the Tokenized Collateral Network (TCN) on October 11, as per reports from Bloomberg.

JP Morgan logo behind an ethereum coin

The initial transaction conducted by TCN involved a collaboration with the prominent asset management firm BlackRock.

Tokenized Collateral Network is a software solution designed to empower investors by allowing them to use their assets as collateral. Utilizing blockchain technology, investors can now seamlessly transfer collateral ownership without requiring alterations to the underlying ledger records.

In its inaugural public collateralized transaction, TCN facilitated the conversion of shares from a money market fund into digital tokens. These digital tokens were then transferred to Barclays bank, serving as security for an over-the-counter derivatives exchange between JPMorgan and BlackRock.

Having previously tested TCN internally in May 2022, JPMorgan is now gearing up to bring on additional clients and transactions now that TCN is operational.

The primary objective of launching TCN was to improve and modernize the traditional settlement process using blockchain technology, leading to quicker, more secure, and more efficient operations.

Tyrone Lobban, who heads Onyx Digital Assets at JPMorgan, explained that TCN acts as a key to unlocking capital, making it available as collateral for use in ongoing transactions, thereby enhancing efficiency on a large scale. The platform allows for the creation, transfer, and settlement of tokenized traditional assets, streamlining collateral movement compared to traditional methods.

“Onyx Digital Assets already enables clients to access intraday liquidity via repo transactions,” said Lobban. “Now with the launch of TCN, clients can benefit from additional utility from their MMF investments by posting tokenized MMF shares as collateral – a faster, more cost-effective way of meeting margin requirements.”

“Using the bank’s blockchain network Onyx Digital Assets meant the collateral moved almost instantaneously, compared with over the course of a day,” he added.

He further stated, “With Onyx Digital Assets, we’ve created a tokenization platform that will ultimately enable trillions of dollars of traditional assets to be brought into the broader blockchain ecosystem – not only solving real-world financial services problems but also providing an institutional scale Ethereum Virtual Machine-based chain that is compatible with the innovation of DeFi.”

JPMorgan, once a vocal critic of the decentralized realm, has made substantial strides and is actively involved in testing and launching various blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused services to meet the growing demand. Notably, the bank employed a blockchain solution to settle transactions with Indian banks in June, marking its continued evolution in the space.

Lobann said: “We believe the TCN app can be even bigger given the size of the $15 trillion collateral market.”

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