Goldman Sachs Embraces Cryptocurrencies With Three New Initiatives in the Works
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Goldman Sachs Embraces Cryptocurrencies With Three New Initiatives in the Works

To capitalize on the growing interest in the cryptocurrency industry, the banking giant Goldman Sachs is preparing to enter the tokenization market. Three offerings are expected to launch this year.

Goldman Sachs aims to capitalize on tokenization trend

According to Fortune reportMathew McDermott, global head of digital assets at Goldman Sachs, revealed the bank’s plans to expand its cryptocurrency offerings, with a particular focus on the tokenization sector.

Tokenization involves the issuance of “real-world assets” such as money market funds and real estate shares on public blockchains such as Ethereum or Solana, prompting the bank to plan the launch of three tokenization projects by the end of the year in collaboration with major clients, including the first project in the United States.

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While other financial institutions such as BlackRock launched its first tokenized fund on the Ethereum blockchain in March, McDermott emphasized that success depends on creating products that investors want.

To this end, Goldman Sachs recently hosted a digital assets summit in London, attended by over 500 clients. During the Summit, McDermott stressed the importance of providing investors with solutions that can “fundamentally” change asset management strategiesstating, “There’s no point in doing it just for the sake of doing it.

According to the report, Goldman Sachs’ views on cryptocurrencies vary within the institution. McDermott acknowledged that different perspectives are expected at an institution of this size.

While Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, CIO at Goldman Sachs, expressed skepticism about cryptocurrencies as an investment asset class, McDermott highlighted the bank’s active involvement in cryptocurrencies from an institutional perspective, including trading cash-settled cryptocurrency derivatives on behalf of clients and their participation in the recently approved ETF Markets.

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With the successful launch of BlackRock his BUIDL treasury fund on the Ethereum blockchain has attracted significant attention; McDermott noted that Goldman Sachs is mainly targeting institutional clients and intends to work only with private blockchains due to “regulatory constraints.”

While McDermott refrained from revealing details about the upcoming tokenization projects set to debut this year, he did reveal that one project will focus on a U.S.-based fund complex. Another will focus on issuing debt in Europe.

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Looking ahead, given the US presidential election and a potential change in government regulatory position on crypto on the horizon, McDermott believes Goldman Sachs’ opportunities in the space could expand further. This could include activities such as owning spot crypto assets and exploring execution and sub-escrow services, subject to approval.

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The 1-D chart shows BTC’s sideways price action over the past 24 hours. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

At the time of writing, the largest cryptocurrency on the market, Bitcoin (BTC), was trading at $57,580, down a modest 0.5% in 24 hours. The goal is to consolidate above that level.

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