World-first: BaFin-regulated Swarm launches US stock and bond trading on Polygon blockchain

Rick Steves

The token offering initially includes AAPL and TSLA stock, iShares US treasury bond 0-1 year ETF and iShares US treasury bond 1-3 year ETF. Swarm will add more stocks and real world assets in the future.

Regulated blockchain platform Swarm has launched a public investment offering for AAPL. TSLA, and two US Treasury Bond ETFs on-chain, in a world-first for the world of fully regulatory compliant tokenized securities, the firm announced.

AAPL, TSLA, and US Treasury Bonds get to be the first tokenized securities available on the Polygon blockchain for both retail and institutional investors, with no minimum investment.

Trading of the fully asset-backed tokens is available from Thursday 24/7 and compliant under German regulation on Swarm’s permissioned DeFi platform.

“We can issue and trade real world assets on blockchain, unlike any other entity”

Swarm co-founders Philipp Pieper and Timo Lehes are proud to announce that this is the first service of its kind for investors looking to access real-world assets using digital blockchain technology while meeting full regulatory requirements to provide complete confidence to users.

Timo Lehes, co-founder of Swarm, comments: “Swarm is the first entity to offer and trade tokenized T-bills and stocks via a regulated and decentralized platform. We operate within the German regulatory environment, meaning we can issue and trade real world assets on blockchain, unlike any other entity.

“We have started with stocks and bonds, and will soon extend this to any asset that needs to be traded on a regulated platform, from carbon credits to real estate or private holdings. To date, traditional market participants have not had a comprehensive and regulatory compliant solution for issuing and trading real world assets on-chain.

“The FTX and Celsius crises last year only highlighted key structural and regulatory weaknesses in the market, demonstrating that crypto collateral is too highly correlated and easy to manipulate. Regulation, in the right parts of the ecosystem, is critical while decentralization enhances the transparency required to build trust.”

“Today’s announcement is significant for both DeFi and TradFi. There is clear demand for high quality assets to become available on-chain. Institutional participants will now be able to deploy assets from traditional markets via blockchain through Swarm. Swarm is a hybrid platform, combining the depth of liquidity and value of traditional financial markets with the advantages of blockchain technology. We are the only trusted platform that institutions with a fiduciary responsibility can use to issue, trade and manage quality collateral on-chain with confidence and in a decentralized way.”

SwarmX GmbH, the issuer of the stocks and bonds tokens, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swam Markets GmbH, under a prospectus registered with the Financial Market Authority in Liechtenstein and passported into Germany. Trading activities on Swarm infrastructure fall under the purview of BaFin in Germany.

Secondary trading activities are regulated by Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), and can be accessed on Swarm’s permissioned DeFi platform.

Tokens can earn yield on liquidity pools or kept in Web3 wallets

Hedge funds and institutional investors can now access stable and secure global markets 24/7 through Swarm. For those already on-chain, including stablecoin issuers and treasury managers, it means they have less volatile assets to deploy into without needing to leave the DeFi ecosystem.

The token offering initially includes AAPL and TSLA stock, iShares US treasury bond 0-1 year ETF and iShares US treasury bond 1-3 year ETF. Swarm will add more stocks and real world assets in the future.

Swarm does not take custody of the asset-backed tokens. They can be added to liquidity pools to earn yield, or kept in investors’ own Web3 wallets.

The ISIN-based tokens benefit from the trust and stability of traditional markets plus the flexibility and greater access to global liquidity, at lower cost, on the blockchain. Stock and bond certificate tokens are integrated with traditional financial markets and can be redeemed for the value of underlying real world asset.

Read this next

Industry News

Limitless Opportunities Await at iFX EXPO International 2024!

The countdown is on until iFX EXPO International 2024 officially gets underway. Explore the wealth of networking opportunities and business potential on offer in Limassol, Cyprus.

Market News

Elon Musk Drives NVDA Price to a New High

On Tuesday, Nvidia’s stock price hit an all-time high, exceeding $1,130, marking a nearly 7% rise from Monday’s closing price.

Retail FX

Cerus Markets launches MT5 with exclusive Crypto vs TradFi offering

“The introduction of MT5 is a significant milestone for Cerus Markets and our valued clients. We are constantly seeking ways to enrich our platform and empower our traders with more advanced tools and opportunities. MT5 aligns perfectly with our mission to bridge the gap between cryptocurrency and traditional financial markets.”

Fintech

Ouinex taps Netdania to build institutional-grade crypto trading platform

Ouinex intends to always bring the best of TradFi electronic trading infrastructure to Web3 including innovative universal cross-margining capabilities so that users can trade TradeFi instruments by using their crypto holdings as margin.

Retail FX

BDSwiss Elevates Traders’ Experience with Advanced Trading Tools

In the fast-paced world of financial markets, having access to advanced trading tools and educational resources is crucial for traders aiming to stay ahead of the curve.

Market News

Gold & Silver rally, made in China

Gold prices correlate with the US bond market, and the US Dollar influences the Gold/Silver ratio. Chinese market premiums for Gold and Silver suggest continued uptrends. Inflation-adjusted peaks indicate current prices are not overly expensive, implying potential for further gains.

Market News

Japan’s Monetary Policy and FX Intervention: Key Takeaways from the G20 Meeting

At the G20, BoJ President Kanda and Finance Minister Suzuki emphasized stable exchange rates and cautious FX intervention, signaling imminent action. Softer US inflation data and potential BoJ rate hikes are impacting USD/JPY

blockdag

Top 3 Cryptos of 2024: BlockDAG’s $1 Prediction, Immutable’s Remarkable Price Increase, and Solana’s Promising Future

Explore pivotal changes in the cryptocurrency market through our analysis of Solana, Immutable, and BlockDAG. Explore how BlockDAG raised $34.7M in its presale with advanced technologies.

Fintech

UK bank Kroo bans crypto transactions, warns account closure

London-based digital bank Kroo has imposed a ban on cryptocurrency transactions, another blow for crypto traders ‎who recently saw a sizable number of banks deciding not to ‎finance the wobbly asset class.‎

<