BlackRock Expands into Digital Assets with Debut Tokenized Fund

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BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), the world’s largest asset manager, demonstrates its commitment to the digital asset space by launching its inaugural tokenized fund, the BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund (BUIDL). This move comes on the heels of its recent introduction of a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).

In collaboration with Securitize Markets, LLC, BlackRock aims to offer qualified investors the opportunity to earn U.S. dollar yields through the BUIDL fund, which will be tokenized on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain as an ERC-20 token.

Robert Mitchnick, Head of Digital Assets at BlackRock, sees this as a natural progression of their digital assets strategy, emphasizing their focus on providing solutions that address real client needs.

Securitize is set to serve as a pivotal transfer agent and tokenization platform, overseeing tokenized shares and facilitating processes such as Fund subscriptions, redemptions, and distributions. BlackRock has structured the fund under the jurisdiction of the British Virgin Islands, with a minimum investment requirement of $100,000.

Tokenization remains central to BlackRock’s digital asset strategy, with CEO Larry Fink highlighting its potential to revolutionize capital markets. Carlos Domingo, co-founder and CEO of Securitize, views this development as a significant step towards making traditional financial products more accessible through digitization.

The BUIDL token offers various benefits, including enabling ownership issuance and trading on a blockchain, expanding investor access, ensuring instantaneous and transparent settlement, and facilitating transfers across platforms. BNY Mellon will facilitate interoperability between digital and traditional markets.

Designed to maintain a stable value of $1 per token and provide daily accrued dividends, BUIDL invests 100% of its assets in cash, U.S. Treasury bills, and repurchase agreements, offering investors yield while holding tokens on the blockchain.

Investors will have the flexibility to transfer tokens to pre-approved counterparts at any time and choose their preferred custody options. Anchorage Digital Bank NA, BitGo, Coinbase, Fireblocks, and other market participants and infrastructure providers in the crypto industry support the launch of BUIDL.

In a testament to community engagement, anonymous donors have sent various tokens and NFTs to the fund’s public Ethereum address, reflecting growing interest and support for BlackRock’s venture into digital assets.

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