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JPMorgan Explores Fund Tokenization for Personalized Portfolio Management

Brian Yue
Last updated: | 2 min read
According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the companies said that blockchain technology has the potential to be employed for the management of extensive client portfolios, the execution of trades, and the facilitation of automated portfolio management for tokenized financial assets.
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JPMorgan and Apollo have collaborated with several blockchain firms to showcase a “proof of concept”, demonstrating how asset managers can tokenize funds using the blockchain of their preference.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, the companies said that blockchain technology has the potential to be employed for the management of extensive client portfolios, the execution of trades, and the facilitation of automated portfolio management for tokenized financial assets.

The demonstration additionally enabled wealth managers to acquire and rebalance their positions in tokenized assets across various blockchain networks.

Collaborators with JPMorgan’s Onyx Digital Assets included interoperability layer Axelar, infrastructure provider Oasis Pro, Provenance Blockchain, interoperability protocol LayerZero, Avalanche blockchain creator Ava Labs, Web3 developer Biconomy, and asset manager WisdomTree.

Oasis Pro was responsible for enabling the tokenization of assets, such as Apollo funds, on the Provenance Blockchain Zone, the release stated.

“Our goal is to create solutions that bring significant efficiencies and enable better outcomes for Asset & Wealth Managers and investors through personalized, highly scalable portfolios, regardless of asset class or where those assets are managed and recorded,” said Tyrone Lobban, head of Onyx Digital Assets. “The interoperability achieved through Project Guardian is a step forward in showing how tokenized traditional and alternative investments can be automatically managed across multiple systems.”

The initiative is a component of Project Guardian, a collaborative venture spearheaded by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), working in conjunction with traditional financial institutions. Its objective is to explore opportunities and potential risks associated with DeFi.

The initial announcement was unveiled at Singapore’s Fintech Festival, which was held between November 15 to 17.

Onyx leveraged the Axelar network to establish interoperability with Provenance Blockchain Zone, the private blockchain employed for the project. Oasis Pro, a fintech infrastructure provider for real-world assets, played a crucial role in implementing the tokenization of assets on the Provenance Blockchain Zone, the companies said in the release.

“Successfully delivering the solutions for portfolio rebalancing is a critical step in the evolution of traditional asset-management functions,” said Pat LaVecchia, CEO of Oasis Pro. “This next generation of technology will increase speed and efficiency across legacy systems.”

Additionally, Anthony Moro, Provenance Blockchain CEO, noted in the release that JPMorgan’s initiative is believed to be the first “blockchain interoperability solution for institutional financial services.”

This development aligns with the increasing interest shown by several traditional financial institutions in the blockchain industry. Earlier in the year, Charles Schwab, Citadel Securities, and Fidelity Investments announced the launch of their cryptocurrency exchange, EDX Markets.