The excitement revolving around Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is that the access to fundraising is now democratized, anyone with internet access has the opportunity to finance startups and projects. While ICO is an innovative way to get support from retail investors, this type of fundraising activity very rarely satisfies regulatory concerns. Regulators and lead professionals are nervous as the majority of these retail investors do not fully understand where they are investing their money in to.
We are confident that blockchain and cryptocurrency are here to stay. That being said, the glory days of ICO has passed, and the cryptocurrency market is going through a sanitation period whereby many utility tokens will phase out. However, we remain bullish on asset-backed tokens, and security tokens, tokens with real fundamental value have high potentials to be the next big wave of internet finance.
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have raised over $20 bln this year, and are completely changing the way startups gain access to capital, especially for those in the early stage. In the ICO process, startups issue their own digital tokens and exchange them with by contributors worldwide for other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum or Bitcoin. Tokens are accordingly classified by their use cases and functions, the most common of which dichotomizes them into utility or security tokens.
Is it possible to participate in high-return-yet-illiquid assets?
Are you still investing in bonds or stocks regarding Hang Seng Index has dropped from more than 33,000 to about 27,000 in 10 months? How about buying pieces of a Picasso? Fine Art has been emerging as a new asset class for the well-diversified portfolio as it is uncorrelated to the general markets. A piece of art can generate a consistent ROI over a 5 to 10 years period.
The Future of Asset Tokenization
In the evening of the super typhoon Mangkhut’s departure, Plutux successfully held our first community event. Close to 100 friends and guests attended The Future of Asset Tokenization on Monday. We hope our panelists offered some valuable insights to our audience (Ryan Rodenbaugh from TrustToken, Cyrus Wen from Plutux, and Roland Yau from Cocoon Ignite Ventures).