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RWA Tokenization Surges Ahead of Ethereum and Bitcoin

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  • RWA tokenization outperformed major sectors, achieving a 58% performance last month.
  • BlackRock was the lead investor in a $47 million funding round that Securitize completed, demonstrating sector interest.

Real-world asset (RWA) tokenization has become the leading crypto sector, outperforming major sectors like Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC).

Significant developments, such as high-profile asset tokenizations and constructive regulatory discussions, have fueled this surge and highlighted the sector’s expanding potential in the financial industry.

According to data from the crypto analytics platform Artemis Terminal, RWA tokenization was the best-performing crypto sector last month, achieving a 58.8% performance compared to the other 21 sectors.

In comparison, the Ethereum and Bitcoin ecosystems followed with 26.2% and 13.7%, respectively.

Source: Artemis

Key Developments in RWA Tokenization

Key developments have recently driven significant growth in RWA tokenization. On June 4, Galaxy Digital issued a multimillion-dollar loan with a 316-year-old Stradivarius violin as collateral.

This loan uses the Stradivarius violin and its digital representation as a non-fungible token (NFT) as collateral, ensuring strong security for Galaxy Digital while providing asset management flexibility.

The physical violin remains under custodianship in Hong Kong, with stringent removal requirements.

On the same day, Watford Football Club (Watford FC) initiated a digital equity sale. Partnering with digital investment platform Republic, the sale offers approximately 10% of its shares, available on Republic’s platform and Seedrs, its European counterpart.

Regulatory Support and Industry Participation 

Regulatory developments also supported the sector. On June 7, the US Financial Services Committee held a hearing titled “Next Generation Infrastructure: How Tokenization of Real-World Assets Will Facilitate Efficient Markets.”

The hearing assessed the need for more regulations to support tokenizing real-world assets and derivative products. Notable industry figures participated, including Carlos Domingo, Co-founder and CEO of Securitize, and Robert Morgan, CEO of the USDF Consortium.

Financial market representatives, such as Lilya Tessler, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP, and Nadine Chakar, Global Head of Digital Assets at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, also contributed, while Prof. Hilary Allen from the American University Washington College of Law provided an academic perspective.

Positive Long-term Outlook

Despite varied perspectives, the hearing highlighted the ongoing debate about blockchain technology in traditional finance. Regulatory clarity from such discussions could pave the way for broader adoption of tokenization.

The long-term industry outlook remains positive. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has expressed optimism about tokenization, noting its ability to enable customized strategies and instantaneous settlement of bonds and stocks, significantly reducing settlement costs.

Jenny Johnson, Franklin Templeton CEO, highlighted the transformative potential of tokenizing real-world assets, citing examples such as Rihanna’s NFT royalties and loyalty programs at St. Regis in Aspen.

She opined that combining loyalty programs with real-world assets is increasingly feasible due to enabling technology, and more companies are likely to adopt this combination.

Furthermore, Johnson noted that tokenizing assets, like Franklin Templeton’s tokenized money market fund, offers lower entry points and operational costs, making professional asset management more accessible to younger investors.

She believes holding investments in a digital wallet can encourage younger people to save for retirement by allowing smaller, more manageable investments.

On the other hand, ETHNews highlighted that Securitize, a leader in real-world asset tokenization, announced the successful completion of a $47 million funding round led by BlackRock.

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