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Financial NFTs: Re-imagining the Traditional Finance Market by@danstein
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Financial NFTs: Re-imagining the Traditional Finance Market

by Dan SteinMay 3rd, 2022
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Financial NFTs take traditional banking tools, evolve them, and can also benefit the DeFi and trade finance space. These tokens are tokens that tokenize traditional financial tools like insurance and bonds. NFT tokens provide additional utility not found in traditional assets while also pushing the digital asset space towards mass adoption. The NFT space has grown considerably in the past few years, seeing trading volumes reaching nearly $11 billion in the third quarter of 2021 alone. Financial Nfts provide liquidity providers with distinctive positions in DeFi protocols. By increasing the utility of DeFi, investors and non-traders can seamlessly enter the space.

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One of the newest trends occurring within the NFT space is the rise of Financial NFTs. These tokens take traditional banking tools, evolve them, and can also benefit the DeFi and trade finance space. Due to the potential of Financial NFTs, they could easily reshape and vastly improve the financial landscape. 

NFTs are the perfect vehicle for moving the digital asset space forward. By tokenizing traditional finance tools like insurance and bonds to custom token baskets, these long-standing, debatably antiquated financial tools receive much-needed additional utility. 

The tokenizing of these tools is known as Financial NFTs. They are one of the first real-world applications for these digital assets, creating a better alternative to outdated financial products. 

The NFT space has grown considerably in the past few years, seeing trading volumes reaching nearly $11 Billion in the third quarter of 2021 alone. The majority of NFTs are geared more towards digital collectibles and art, but more and more use cases are being found as the industry progresses.

While the tokenization of these accessible and fun pieces of memorabilia is a great way to bring a new crowd into the digital asset space, there are many other ways NFTs can be used. NFTs are simply a type of digital certificate and can be used for a myriad of purposes. 

Anything that would benefit from increased transferability, verification speed, and accessibility while also existing on a blockchain is poised to be represented by an NFT in the future. 

Financial NFTs are tokenized financial products that make it possible to tokenize loans as NFTs, providing holders with a set interest rate for the loan's duration. Another benefit is that as an NFT, these tokenized loans can be sold on marketplaces, allowing holders to alter or change loans and interests easily while also moving from set to floating interest rates.

These tokens provide additional utility not found in traditional assets while also pushing the digital asset space towards mass adoption. With more and more eyes on this once niche space, a need for the financial tools most are already well acquainted with are needed - not only to provide these tools but also to provide security in an often volatile space. 

How Financial NFTs Help Shape The Future of DeFi

The decentralized finance space has brought financial tools to the blockchain space for years. 

However, Financial NFTs provide liquidity providers with distinctive positions in DeFi protocols. The positions are dictated by the amount of liquidity given or when the liquidity provider entered the protocol. By the liquidity provider keeping their prior positions, even as investors enter the market, they can maintain maximum returns. The tokenization of financial items also facilitates mobility within the DeFi system and could be the answer to the industry’s interoperability.

With that said, Financial NFTs can act as an insurance token in DeFi’s cover protocols to protect users and become a solution to DeFi’s long-standing issues.

DeFi is seen as the next step in the world of finance, with opportunities and innovations within the space opening new dimensions in the global financial system and providing banking to the unbanked. With the inclusion of NFTs, DeFi’s reach will grow immensely while also benefiting from the additional utility of these tokens, incorporating integral parts of trade finance into DeFi. By increasing the utility of DeFi through Financial NFTs, investors and non-traders can seamlessly enter the space and build towards mass adoption. 

How Financial NFTs Play Into Trade Finance

How Financial NFTs can play into trade finance is a great example of how these tokens can alter and evolve the financial space. 

As many know, NFTs can take any type of information, most commonly things like images, but really anything and transfer it into something unique and tangible by making it cryptographically unique from any other data, even the exact same set of data. 

NFTs have data encoded into them that cannot be altered or even accessed aside from those with the correct cryptographic keys. As with all digital assets living on a blockchain, even if one were to steal an NFT, its history and destination are entirely visible to the public. This presents an excellent opportunity for trade finance and businesses that frequently deal with sensitive data. 

Also, with the complex regulatory and supply chain procedures that incorporate numerous moving parts within Trade Finance, ensuring you have an infallible process for sharing information is a must. This is even more beneficial as the Trade Finance space is highly susceptible to document fraud. The use of NFTs can remove or mitigate these issues and reduce the reliance on intermediaries by tokenizing assets and documents into a single immutable digital token. 

The use of Financial NFTs within the DeFi and traditional finance space can significantly improve and evolve tools like loans and bonds by adding utility and improving security through the use of blockchain. These tokens' added security also creates a more secure landscape for businesses that frequently deal with sensitive information.