SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) and BondEvalue today announced the completion of the first trade of a fractionalized blockchain-based bond.
The trade of a blockchain-based bond, known as BondbloX, was executed on BondEvalue’s platform with Northern Trust as the exclusive asset servicing provider. This comes after the two parties established a strategic partnership in November 2019 to deliver integrated asset servicing and digital solutions for fractional ownership of fixed income bonds operating from the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Sandbox Express.
BondEvalue’s platform combines the power of distributed ledger technology (DLT) to enable enhanced transparency, liquidity and faster settlement, while making institutional grade investment opportunities available to new classes of investors.
Northern Trust is providing securities services for the wholesale bonds and will support receipt of investments and payments of redemptions for the platform in a wide array of currencies. In what is believed to be a first for the industry, Northern Trust has built the market leading capability to communicate cash & securities settlement reporting directly to BondEvalue’s DLT platform via an application programming interface (API).
Justin Chapman, global head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research at Northern Trust said: “Digital assets bring significant benefits to both the end investor and all participants within the value chain as they improve trust and liquidity within market segments as a result of the immutable record. An additional benefit of fractionalised ownership of digital assets is the ability to open up institutional bond markets to more investor types – this is a positive step forward for broadening financial inclusion.”
Yen Leng Ong, country executive for Southeast Asia at Northern Trust said: “Singapore continues to be a significant market for deploying DLT in the financial services system. The fintech regulatory sandbox environment has enabled Northern Trust to work collaboratively with BondEvalue to the benefit of investors and the wider capital markets ecosystem.”
Rahul Banerjee, founder, BondEvalue, said: “This milestone represents a significant step towards making institutional grade bonds more widely accessible to certain investors. Our platform is greatly assisted by Northern Trust, who not only brings the confidence of safe keeping and settlement, but advanced understanding of the transformative potential of DLT.”
BondEvalue is a Singapore based fintech that has been changing the Asian fixed income markets since 2016. The founders have decades of leadership experience in debt markets, on both business and technology sides. BondEvalue brings innovation to bond price discovery, AI-based news, analytics, and delivers these services via mobile, web and APIs. In November 2019, BondEvalue unveiled the world’s first blockchain-based bond exchange that allows investors to trade BondbloX, which are $1,000 fractions of traditional wholesale bonds. The platform operates on a B2B2C model and connects to the end investor via their bank or broker. Please visit bondevalue.com for further information. More details can be found on www.bondevalue.com.
About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 22 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 22 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of June 30, 2020, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US$12.1 trillion, and assets under management of US$1.3 trillion. For more than 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Please visit our website or follow us on Twitter.
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