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Tokenization of Real-World Assets Emerges as a Force to Reckon within DeFi

The tokenization of real-world assets (RWA) is rapidly gaining momentum and becoming a significant player in the decentralized finance (DeFi) landscape, attracting users and major institutional players. According to a recent study by Binance Research, RWAs have climbed to the 10th most significant sector in DeFi, up from the 13th just a month ago, highlighting the growing adoption of RWA protocols. Introducing students, a new token, has played a pivotal role in catalyzing this trend.

Notably, there are over 41.3K RWA token holders on the Ethereum blockchain, reflecting a substantial 130% increase from the 17.9K recorded at the beginning of the year. Tokenized US Treasuries have notably garnered attention in the RWA sector as the yields on these treasuries have risen, surpassing DeFi yields significantly. Investors can now leverage the utility of RWAs by capitalizing on real-world gains through tokenized treasuries, all within the blockchain ecosystem.

The tokenized treasury market’s value is estimated at around $603 million, enabling investors to lend this amount to the US government at a remarkable 4.2% annual yield (APY). The promising potential of tokenized assets is evident in a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, projecting the market to reach a staggering $16 trillion by 2030. This remarkable growth would account for approximately 10% of the global GDP, a substantial surge from the $310 billion recorded in 2022. The projection encompasses on-chain asset tokenization relevant to the blockchain industry and traditional asset fractionalization, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and real estate investment trusts.

Experts believe adopting RWAs will be further propelled by the emergence of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), the rise of tokenized assets in gaming, and blockchain-based payments integrated into social media platforms. Additionally, some view “fractional ownership” as a critical proposition driving its adoption, unlocking new possibilities, and democratizing access to previously illiquid and exclusive assets.

The tokenization of real-world assets is poised to revolutionize the financial landscape, empowering investors and expanding the horizons of DeFi. With large institutions increasingly showing interest in this space, the future of RWAs appears promising, charting a course toward a more inclusive and dynamic financial ecosystem. As the sector evolves, its impact on the global economy could be transformative, reshaping traditional economic paradigms and offering new avenues for wealth creation and portfolio diversification.


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