Kepler Finance, a blockchain analysis firm for investors, has put out a report assessing the tokenzied securities market conditions as we begin 2019. The report includes key insights into the statistics of the current market along with the current barriers, legal perspectives, and other advice to consider.
Building on Partnerships, Professionalization, and Much More
One of the breakthroughs of 2018 was the establishment of a wide array of corporate networks between issuers, platforms, broker-dealers, and other market-makers. The end result has been a foundational layer that will be crucial for the digital security space in the years to come with Polymath, Securitize, NeuFund, and others leading the push forward. Kepler Finance has documented this complex web of relations in an easy-to-understand map.
The report also quotes many industry leaders in their outlook for 2019. Scott Purcell, the CEO and Chief Trust Officer at Prime Trust, has said that:
We will see more broker-dealers, more exchanges, more investment advisors, more lawyers and more crowdfunding portals embracing tokenization of securities. The market will get more professional, and far larger and more dynamic in 2019.
The professionalization of the space seems to be on everyone’s mind in the digital security sector for 2019.
2018 also saw some significant STOs but the platforms still need to expand their foundations. According to the Kepler Finance database, “32 Digital Securities Offerings were announced as being listed on issuance platforms like Polymath, Neufund and others.”
However, STOs are still in their infancy and pale in comparison to the monumental amounts of capital raised by ICOs in 2018. This, however, is expected to change in the coming years as ICOs continue to see their fundraising power dry up substantially.
The report produced by Kepler Finance is detailed, rich, and includes analysis from a wide range of industry leaders in the blockchain and digital securities space. The full report is definitely worth reading: it’ll provide you with a taste of what to expect in 2019.
What do you think of Kepler Finance’s report? Will 2019 be a successful year for digital securities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Meet Tim. Tim is a co-founder of The Tokenist. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Tim is a mechanical engineer by training and has been investing his whole life. He started his career with GE in engineering and operations management where he held various leadership roles before leaving to pursue an MBA (he is a proud former co-chair of the Milton Friedman Group at Chicago Booth). After business school, Tim spent several years with Baird Capital where he made private equity investments in consumer and industrial companies. He left Baird to found Protective Technologies Capital in 2018, where he continues to make private equity investments in family businesses looking for help with succession planning. Tim lives in Chicago, where he enjoys watching Michigan football and basketball and traveling with his wife Kristen. Like Sia, he also likes telling jokes. However, his wife adamantly insists that he not share his “dad jokes” publicly so he reluctantly sticks to writing about finance and technology.