BlackRock’s Tokenized Fund Gathers $160 Million in Deposits

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BlackRock’s inaugural tokenized investment fund, the BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund (BUIDL), has seen a surge of approximately $160 million in inflows within its first week of operation. The fund’s growth trajectory continues with recent injections from Ondo Finance, a tokenized real-world asset (RWA) platform.

The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, introduced BUIDL last week, marking a significant entry into the realm of tokenized investment vehicles. According to a Bloomberg report, the fund amassed $160 million in deposits during its initial week. Additionally, Ondo Finance announced plans to allocate a significant portion of its tokenized short-term U.S. Treasury bills ETF, OUSG, into BUIDL. Ondo Finance disclosed to CoinDesk that it intends to transfer $95 million onto the BUIDL platform, although it remains unclear whether this amount is included in BlackRock’s reported $160 million total.

The BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund (BUIDL) functions as a tokenized money market fund primarily investing in U.S. Treasury bills, repurchase agreements, and cash. Leveraging the Ethereum blockchain infrastructure facilitated by Miami-based Securitize, BUIDL tokens are issued to investors. These tokens are designed to maintain a stable value of $1 per token and distribute dividends in the form of tokens representing U.S. dollar yield to eligible investors.

BlackRock’s foray into digital assets is gaining momentum, following its recent achievements in the cryptocurrency space. Earlier in January, BlackRock, along with nearly a dozen other funds, secured SEC approval for a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), BlackRock’s ETF offering, has attracted over $15 billion in investments, positioning it as the second-largest spot bitcoin ETF, trailing only Grayscale’s GBTC, according to data from The Block’s spot bitcoin ETF tracker.

BlackRock’s successful debut of BUIDL underscores its commitment to embracing digital assets and underscores its growing influence in the evolving landscape of tokenized investment products.

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