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WEF Insight Report: Digital Assets, Distributed Ledger Technology, and the Future of Capital Markets

WEF | May 6, 2021

WEF DLT Insight report May 2021 - WEF Insight Report:  Digital Assets, Distributed Ledger Technology, and the Future of Capital Markets

This report highlights the results of a series of virtual global workshops and expert interviews held with financial services and technology experts in 2020.

It looks at the urgent need for digital transformation in capital markets, with a view to providing strategic insights that will improve client service delivery, achieve greater efficiency and enable new services.

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As well as exploring the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) – now going live in many institutions– and its role in future capital markets, it examines the challenges involved in attempting industry-wide transformation and presents a framework for different approaches to DLT solutions.

Finally, it presents a use case analysis of seven asset classes/product lines, including equity markets, securitized products, derivatives and securities financing.

What’s perhaps most notable about the 100-page report is the length to which the authors go in estimating the potential size of the traditional markets that might be ripe for disruption.

In all, it works out to $866.9 trillion:

  • Equity markets: $95 trillion
  • Debt markets: $106 trillion
  • Securitized products: $10 trillion
  • Derivatives: $560 trillion
  • Securities financing: repurchase agreements $4 trillion, securities lending $2.9 trillion
  • Asset management/fund administration: $89 trillion.

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