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DBS executes intraday repo transaction on JP Morgan blockchain – Ledger Insights


Today Singapore’s DBS Bank introduced it had executed its first intraday repo transaction utilizing JP Morgan’s Onyx Digital Assets community powered by blockchain. Banks use repurchase agreements (repos) for brief time period funding by promoting securities similar to U.S. Treasuries, and agreeing to repurchase them later.

Repos are a large market with greater than $4 trillion in U.S. greenback repos excellent at anybody time.

Since repos are supposed for brief time period funding, the downside is that settlement normally takes two days. Distributed ledger know-how (DLT), with its prompt settlement or supply versus fee (DvP), makes it sensible to have repo transactions that span a couple of hours moderately than a day or extra. Blockchain is powering different varieties of intraday funding, together with swaps.

Andrew Ng, Head of Treasury and Markets at DBS, stated that for repos, “infrastructural and technical inefficiencies meant the minimum term has usually been one day. In the past, banks around the world had to explore alternative routes for intraday financing requirements. Through leveraging efficiencies of a blockchain-based solution, we are able to raise USD funding in compressed timeframes which are beneficial to our liquidity needs.”

In the case of Onyx Digital Assets, along with tokenizing the repo safety, the DLT repo resolution additionally makes use of JPM Coin, its blockchain-based checking account, to allow prompt settlement. 

DBS Bank is the primary Asian financial institution to make use of the repo resolution. Other introduced members embrace Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas. When BNP Paribas joined in May, cumulative transactions had reached $300 billion because the  December 2020 launch.

“This is the first time that J.P. Morgan is acting as both Triparty Agent and Collateral Token Agent, which is an exciting development for the market,” stated Ed Bond, Head of Trading Services Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan.

Unpacking Ed Bond’s assertion, usually, Triparty brokers are custodians that assist with the administration of collateral, similar to calculating margin necessities and settlement, together with handing over securities when a transaction completes. The collateral can be the underlying safety within the repo transaction, similar to a U.S. Treasury.

Where the collateral is tokenized, it wants an unbiased social gathering to take the true world collateral, immobilize it, and tokenize it. And vice versa if the safety is moved off the DLT platform. That immobilization and tokenization is the position of the Collateral Token Agent.  

Meanwhile, DBS Bank and JP Morgan’s Onyx unit have a detailed relationship. They are each backers of Partior, the Singapore-based blockchain funds community that can be backed by Temasek and Standard Chartered. And they’re taking part within the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Projet Guardian that explores DeFi for monetary establishments.


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