Larry Fink, chief executive officer of the world’s largest asset management company BlackRock, believes tokenizing asset classes such as stocks and bonds could foster efficiency in capital markets and improve investor access.
The CEO noted in his latest annual letter to investors that BlackRock is currently exploring the digital asset industry and would continue to do so, especially in areas related to permissioned blockchains and tokenization of stocks and bonds.
BlackRock to Explore Tokenized Stocks and Bonds
In the letter, Fink opined that the operational potential in the digital asset space goes beyond Bitcoin. The CEO disclosed that fascinating developments are ongoing in the nascent industry beyond the hype and obsession with cryptocurrencies.
Despite the failure of major crypto entities like FTX, digital payments are rapidly advancing. Fink believes that innovative applications for the asset management industry could emerge as the digital space grows.
“For the asset management industry, we believe the operational potential of some of the underlying technologies in the digital assets space could have exciting applications. In particular, the tokenization of asset classes offers the prospect of driving efficiencies in capital markets, shortening value chains, and improving cost and access for investors,” he said.
The U.S. is Lagging in Innovation: Fink
The BlackRock CEO also talked about emerging markets like Brazil, India, and parts of Africa that are seeing advances in payment systems and financial inclusion. In contrast, he argued that developed markets like the United States are lagging in payment innovation.
“In many emerging markets – like India, Brazil, and parts of Africa – we are witnessing dramatic advances in digital payments, bringing down costs and advancing financial inclusion. By contrast, many developed markets, including the U.S., are lagging behind in innovation, leaving the cost of payments much higher,” Fink stated.
The last few weeks have seen U.S. authorities clamp down on crypto entities. From regulatory issues with stablecoin issuing company Paxos to the abrupt closure of crypto-friendly Signature Bank, U.S. regulators have toughened their oversight of the digital asset industry.
But Fink believes the digital asset space needs more precise regulation as the industry matures. He hinted that clear rules would help investors become aware of the risks associated with the sector.