Blockchain can unlock $400B in global financial innovation

According to Colin Butler, head of institutional capital at Polygon, the use of blockchain technology has the potential to generate a $400 billion revenue opportunity for asset managers. This is due to the ability of blockchain to tokenize and fractionalize private assets, which could significantly disrupt the global financial landscape.

In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph, Butler discusses how the financial sector is poised to launch products and services built on blockchain protocols, which could have a major impact on the industry. Butler, who has a 20-year career on Wall Street, notes a shift in the narrative towards institutional adoption, as evidenced by major investment firms like KKR tokenizing large funds using emerging blockchain platforms.

One example of this is KKR’s healthcare fund, which was tokenized using Securitize on Avalanche, opening up the floodgates for institutional adoption and the use of blockchain as a utility and software platform. Butler explains that the technology itself is driving this change, offering solutions that are significantly better and even creating new services and utilities, leading to mass adoption from institutions by 2024.

The Impact of Blockchain on the Financial Industry

In recent years, mainstream institutions have been utilizing blockchain technology in ways that have greatly improved their business operations and have the potential to greatly impact specific sectors. One prime example is German technology giant Siemens, which issued a tokenized bond on Polygon in February 2023. This move has reduced settlement times from seven days to just one day, resulting in significant cost savings for the company. Similarly, global asset manager Franklin Templeton tokenized its money market fund on Polygon in April 2023, citing increased security, faster transaction processing, and reduced costs. This allows investors to continually transact within the blockchain system, avoiding the need to constantly convert between cryptocurrency and fiat. Additionally, with the use of AI in healthcare and the integration of blockchain technology, the industry is seeing significant advancements and improvements in efficiency. With the rise of crypto in the world of finance, banks are also starting to take notice and are exploring ways to incorporate it into their business models. Overall, the adoption of blockchain technology and its integration with AI in various industries is paving the way for a more efficient and secure future.

Polygon’s Head of Institutional Capital Sees $400 Billion Opportunity in Private Assets

The potential for $400 billion in revenue for asset managers and banks in the private asset sector is a top focus for Polygon’s head of institutional capital. He points to Hamilton Lane, an investment manager that has begun tokenizing funds to target individuals with net worths ranging from $1 million to $30 million, as a prime example of this opportunity.

The goal of tokenizing private equity and hedge funds is to address the exclusivity of these products for individuals with net worths below the mentioned threshold. This market faces various challenges, such as long lock-up periods, high investment requirements, capital calls, and manual administrative processes. According to Butler, this represents a missed opportunity of $150 trillion in funds not exposed to this asset class.

In a 2023 private equity report by Baine & Co, the estimated $400 billion revenue opportunity is described as a “massive addressable market” that is ripe for targeting by all players in the financial system.

Butler also notes that the traditional financial system now has a strong incentive to incorporate private assets on the blockchain, thanks to this potential revenue. This creates a unique opportunity for the largest players in the world to embrace blockchain technology for the first time in history.

Polygon’s aggregation layer has the goal of consolidating liquidity

Cointelegraph has consistently covered the development of Polygon throughout 2023, which saw numerous significant protocol upgrades and releases.

According to Polygon Labs, end users can expect a user-friendly experience similar to that of the internet, without the need for complex and frequent bridging to access other chains.

In February 2024, Polygon also launched an open-source type 1 prover, allowing for the generation of ZK-proofs for any Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) chain. This solution will enable protocols and services such as optimistic rollups to unlock the functionality of ZK-proofs on layer-2.

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