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JPMorgan launches BlackRock, a tokenization platform, among important clients: Examine

The Tokenized Collateral Network ushers in a new era, facilitating the transformation of traditional assets into digital counterparts, paving the way for swifter and more secure on-chain settlements.

JPMorgan, the esteemed U.S. banking behemoth, made its grand entrance into the world of blockchain with the launch of their in-house tokenization application, the Tokenized Collateral Network (TCN), on October 11, as reported by Bloomberg. TCN marked its debut by facilitating a trade for the asset management giant, BlackRock.

The Tokenized Collateral Network is a groundbreaking application, empowering investors to leverage their assets as collateral. Utilizing blockchain technology, investors can seamlessly transfer collateral ownership without the need to physically relocate assets across underlying ledgers.

In a remarkable maiden trade between JPMorgan and BlackRock, the TCN ingeniously transformed shares of a money market fund into digital tokens, which were subsequently transferred to Barclays bank, serving as security for an over-the-counter derivatives exchange between the two corporate giants.

JPMorgan conducted its inaugural internal testing of TCN in May 2022, and with TCN now operational, a pipeline of other clients and transactions awaits. TCN was introduced with the mission to streamline and scale traditional settlements on a blockchain. The adoption of decentralized technology has substantially expedited the process, rendering it more secure and efficient.

Tyrone Lobban, the head of Onyx Digital Assets at JPMorgan, acknowledges that the new TCN platform unlocks capital, enabling it to be harnessed as collateral in ongoing transactions, significantly enhancing efficiency at scale. The platform facilitates the creation, transfer, and settlement of tokenized traditional assets, offering rapid collateral movement, a marked departure from earlier, more sluggish methods.

The blockchain platform grants clients access to intraday liquidity through secured repo transactions using tokenized collateral, eliminating the dependence on expensive unsecured credit lines. External clients partaking in blockchain trades are given their own node, providing them with the capability to execute trade settlements and access other pertinent reports.

JPMorgan, the American banking giant, has come a long way from its initial skepticism regarding the decentralized realm and is now actively engaged in the testing and deployment of various blockchain and crypto-centric services, responding to the surging demand. In June, the bank employed a blockchain-based solution to settle trades with Indian financial institutions.

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