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Goldman Sachs To Launch Tokenization Trio Before Year-End

By Eric George


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The American Investment giant Goldman Sachs has recently announced their plans to launch three tokenized projects by the end of the year 2024.

We will look more closely into the details of this announcement in the sections below.

What is the announcement about?

The American-based investment and securities management giant Goldman Sachs has recently talked about its plans to launch a series of tokenized projects by the end of 2024.

The number of projects that they planned to launch was revealed to be three.

Mathew McDermott who has been appointed as the head of the digital assets section at Goldman Sachs and a known advocate for the company’s tokenization plan was the one to announce the company’s plans for the future.

This new development shows the push from the investing giant to diversify into the larger digital asset market.

The move is targeted at large institutional clients instead of individual investors.

The response was as follows when asked about what the company aims to achieve by their recent move.

Mathew McDermott said that the company aims to leverage private blockchains to comply with the regulatory standards while focusing on a faster and more quality-assured network for tokenized digital assets.

The move is reportedly aimed at catching up with the changing financial markets and differentiating Goldman Sachs from the other investment giants who offered its services focused mostly on retail individual clients.

Its new tokenization move comes in the wake of the approval of similar digital asset initiatives such as the Bitcoin ETFs in January of 2024, which was largely leveraged by their close competitor BlackRock.

This is however not the first instance of Goldman Sachs dipping their feet into the world of digital assets.

Earlier in 2022 the group was involved in a project to issue bonds with the European Investment Bank.

The group also helped in tokenizing government green bonds of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority the next year ie. 2023

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What pushed such a development at this particular point in time?

From all the details that we can find as to why the group made an announcement about their tokenization policy all that we could find as an answer is that it was in direct response to the increased demand for such assets in the market.

Looking at the broader picture McDermott has said that they view Tokenization to become a central part of the bank’s plans in the future.

Taking into consideration the statements from McDermott we can say that the bank has put heavy bets into shaping its future by adopting innovative methods in digital asset management.

This became evident with their announcement to launch multiple projects targeting the tokenization of assets.

What were the other Tokenization projects launched lately in the market?

Even though Goldman Sach’s announcement was a head-turner for many of the crypto community it is still not the biggest tokenization project that was launched in 2024.

The biggest tokenization-based launch of this year has been credited to their competitor and another investment behemoth, BlackRock.

BlackRock has recently released its treasury fund BUIDL, which was reported to have reached over $500 million in its total fund limit.

The BlackRock project however differs from the projects by Goldman Sachs as it functions on a public blockchain namely Ethereum rather than on a private network like Goldman Sachs.

Similar projects were also tested out by Franklin Templeton which also targeted the retail consumer base than institutional clients.

How does the future look for the projects?

When asked about what the future for Goldman Sachs looks like with regards to the tokenization plan McDermott said that the bank’s aim was to create a better marketplace for tokenized assets with improvements in the speed and quality of assets that are used as collateral.

So far no other details of the project have been let out by Goldman Sachs regarding any of these three projects except that one of them will be focused on the fund complex in the U.S. and the other will probably work on debt issuance in Europe.

He also looks forward to the regulation changes that are expected to happen during or after the U.S. presidential election

Let us now look at all that we can formulate from the details that we have looked into in the previous sections.

Also Read: Blockchain ETFs Vs. Bitcoin ETFs: A Comprehensive Guide

Final Thoughts

Being one of the oldest and most reputed investment groups in the world Goldman Sachs tokenization initiative is a large step towards tapping into the interests of digital assets among the larger institutional investors.

This new initiative is expected to provide the giant with the fodder for its further growth into the larger digital investment ecosystem and keep its competitive status while competing with the other investment giants.

Eric George

Eric George, a retired journalist, focused primarily on market research and current tech trends. With a career spanning news media, he made significant contributions to understanding the intersection of technology and finance. Today, he continues to engage with these topics in various capacities

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