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In Q2 of 2024, WBR Insights surveyed 100 of the most senior figures working in digital assets. These included Chief Investment Officers, Heads of Trading, Portfolio Managers, and other executives. Participants shared their insights on the industry-wide challenges they face and the innovative solutions they are bringing to the table.

From Crypto Adoption to a Tokenised Future

✔️ 7 contributors interviewed

✔️ 10 of the most senior executives in digital assets surveyed 

✔️ 22 pages on insightful trends

Key Takeaways:

  1. Cryptocurrency is on the rise and firms are already allocating a significant proportion of their portfolios accordingly. The majority of our respondents (35%) have allocated between 11 and 20% of their portfolios to crypto. Meanwhile, just one respondent said they are yet to allocate any of their portfolios. Interestingly, many believe this trend will increase over the next 12 months, indicating significant industry change is on the horizon.

  2. Blockchain technology is being embraced across the board. Respondents believe it can benefit many areas of traditional finance operations, including smart contracts and automation (79%) and regulatory compliance (64%). While adoption is growing, there are challenges to overcome. Specifically, a talent gap in the blockchain space and internal resistance from stakeholders could act as roadblocks on the path to mainstream integration.

  3. The tokenization of securities and funds is gaining significant traction. Encouragingly, 71% of respondents are either already tokenized or are looking to tokenize hedge funds. While our research suggests the majority might be ‘looking’ to tokenize hedge funds, the overall interest is highly positive. Fixed-income securities are also a target for tokenization, with 54% actively involved and 51% looking for private equity. Not a single respondent said they were not looking to tokenize securities or funds.

  4. The digitization of traditional asset classes is in full swing with 50% of respondents already reporting partial implementation. While 7% already consider their digitization process to be fully implemented, all respondents recognize its potential. Many are doing so because it improves transparency (64%) and allows for enhanced market access (63%). However, hurdles remain and firms face barriers to their digitization efforts, including security concerns (61%), privacy and data protection (57%), and scalability issues (57%).

Thank you to all of the contributors:

Andrés Fondevila Marón - 𝖧𝖾𝖺𝖽 𝗈𝖿 𝖣𝗂𝗀𝗂𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝖠𝗌𝗌𝖾𝗍𝗌, 𝖡𝖡𝖵𝖠 𝖠𝗌𝗌𝖾𝗍 𝖬𝖺𝗇𝖺𝗀𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 & 𝖦𝖶

Barbara Schlyter - 𝖧𝖾𝖺𝖽 𝗈𝖿 𝖷𝗍𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗄𝖾𝗋𝗌, 𝖣𝗂𝗀𝗂𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝖯𝗋𝗈𝖽𝗎𝖼𝗍𝗌 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖯𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗇𝖾𝗋𝗌𝗁𝗂𝗉𝗌, 𝖣𝖶𝖲 𝖦𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗉

Jean-Marc Bonnefous - 𝖬𝖺𝗇𝖺𝗀𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖯𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗇𝖾𝗋, 𝖳𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗎𝗋𝗂𝖺𝗇 𝖤𝗑𝗈𝖠𝗅𝗉𝗁𝖺 𝖣𝗂𝗀𝗂𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝖠𝗌𝗌𝖾𝗍𝗌

Valérie Noël - 𝖧𝖾𝖺𝖽 𝗈𝖿 𝖳𝗋𝖺𝖽𝗂𝗇𝗀, 𝖲𝗒𝗓 𝖦𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗉

Shawn Douglass - 𝖢𝗈-𝖥𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖢𝖤𝖮, 𝖠𝗆𝖻𝖾𝗋𝖽𝖺𝗍𝖺

Tongtong Gong - 𝖢𝗈-𝖥𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖢𝖮𝖮, 𝖠𝗆𝖻𝖾𝗋𝖽𝖺𝗍𝖺

David Newns - 𝖢𝖤𝖮, 𝖲𝖨𝖷 𝖣𝗂𝗀𝗂𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝖤𝗑𝖼𝗁𝖺𝗇𝗀𝖾

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Thank you to our co-sponsor:  SIX Digital Exchange

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