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RippleX VP Forecasts $16 Trillion Market for Tokenized Assets on Public Blockchains

RippleX's VP Markus Infanger predicts a $16 trillion market for tokenized assets on public blockchains, highlighting a significant shift in TradFi's adoption of blockchain technology.

Institutional Interest in Blockchain Tokenization Grows

According to RippleX's Senior Vice President, Markus Infanger, the market for tokenized financial assets on public blockchains is expected to grow dramatically, potentially reaching a valuation of $16 trillion. This projection highlights a significant shift in traditional finance (TradFi) sectors, where firms are increasingly adopting blockchain technology to tokenize financial assets, a move that could vastly outpace the current cryptocurrency market capitalization.

Paradigm Shift in Blockchain Utilization

During the Paris Blockchain Week, Infanger discussed the evolving landscape of blockchain technology beyond its initial hype, noting its real utility in solving various value chain pain points. TradFi's warming up to blockchain reflects a broader acceptance and readiness to integrate this technology into mainstream financial processes. Infanger emphasized that this shift is becoming tangible, moving from theoretical applications to actual implementations.

Ripple’s Growing Role in TradFi and DeFi

Traditionally viewed as a payments-first company, Ripple is expanding its influence to address broader needs in both TradFi and decentralized finance (DeFi). With the introduction of new products and partnerships, such as HSBC's collaboration with Ripple-owned Metaco for a custody platform for tokenized securities, Ripple is positioning itself as a holistic provider of digital asset infrastructure. This integration includes various arms of Ripple's operations, from custody solutions to payment systems, all making extensive use of the XRP Ledger (XRPL).

Ripple’s Upcoming Stablecoin

Ripple's strategic direction includes launching its own USD-pegged stablecoin on the XRPL and Ethereum. This development aims to supplement Ripple's offerings to institutions and meet the growing demand for stablecoins, which Infanger predicts could reach a market cap of $2.8 trillion within five years. This stablecoin initiative is driven by the needs of developers within the XRPL ecosystem for a robust tier-one stablecoin, similar to USD Coin or Tether, and will be used in conjunction with XRP for various payment and tokenization applications.

Implications for the Future of Finance

The significant estimated growth of the tokenized asset market and Ripple's strategic expansions underline a broader trend of blockchain adoption across financial sectors. As public blockchains become more integrated with traditional financial systems, they offer a promising avenue for growth and innovation, reshaping how assets are issued, managed, and traded globally.