Moving to a token-driven economy

Enabling the digitization of real-world assets

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Executive overview

Authors: Jesse Lund, Global Vice President, IBM Blockchain, IBM Industry Platform, Shanker Ramamurthy, Chief Technology Officer and General Manager, Strategy and Market Development, IBM Industry Platforms, Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, Global Industries, Platforms and Blockchain

Unlocking assets Today, it takes one click to buy an airline ticket or a new sweater, but if you want to buy stocks or get a mortgage, transactions are more time intensive. Whether it’s waiting for documents or settlement, many types of transactions aren’t instant. Assets like gold, real estate, fine art or carbon credits are more difficult to transfer, often obligating buyers and sellers to contend with mountains of paperwork and lengthy procedures. By representing physical assets as digital tokens on a distributed digital ledger or blockchain, it’s possible to unlock the value of real-world assets and to exchange them in real time.

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