Surprising outcomes: COVID-19 driving digital reserve currencies?

 

Experts are opining that the measures taken to control the COVID-19 pandemic have propelled the world 10 years into the technological future. The most obvious impact has been a massive change in work routines – millions of workers are spending an extended period in home-offices using remote collaboration tools for the first time. But while security flaws in the leading video conferencing systems grab headlines, most of us missed how close we came to an upheaval in the global monetary system. Read More…

Hunit contributes to LTC’s latest report: The Future of Property

”It takes little imagination to envision how the real estate market could remake itself if fractional ownership in individual properties traded with the same fluidity, transparency and costs as equities.”

Aaron Powers, Hunit co-founder and CEO had the chance to contribute to the London Technology Club’s latest report in their “Future of…” series. Read More…

Thinking about issuing a digital private market investment?

 

What do you want to accomplish?

Digital investment instruments are flexible – they can be used to tokenize traditional asset classes such as equity or debt (bonds) or they can be built up of different features that combine into a novel instrument. So, the first step is to clearly conceive of what your business needs.

Is it a more efficient way to manage your company’s equity and shareholder obligations? Read More…

Digitalisation of the Private Market

Key Market Enablers

We’re confident that blockchain-based electronic instruments represent a future pillar of the private market financial sector; offering massive operational efficiencies and enabling investment features in ways that are difficult or impossible to achieve in conventional paper-based instruments.

Our analysis found that there are still a number of blockers preventing this new asset class from fulfilling its potential. To achieve our mission of enabling a decentralized economy, we’ve built a platform that addresses these critical obstacles to market acceptance. Read More…

Private Market Structural Challenges

 

Transactional Friction and Liquidity

Prof. Aswath Damodaran, widely cited valuation expert from NYU’s Stern School of Business, makes the assertion that regardless of business type, private companies suffer from a 20-30% valuation discount due to the illiquidity of the private equities market. While this discount level generally applies to formal valuations (such as those determined when raising capital), owners of illiquid private securities often Read More…

Capital Markets are Evolving

 

The Private Capital Shift
While the structural opportunities appear largely the same, the underlying dynamics of the global capital market are evolving. We see this manifested in the global decrease in mid to small cap securities offerings and the growth of the $1bill+ megadeals. From peak to trough, the current US market has seen a dramatic reduction (81%) in the number of IPO’s per year when compared to the mid 1990’s. Read More…

Smart Contracts & Blockchain

 

Blockchain
Distributed ledger or blockchain’s great innovation is the ability to create distinct digital objects without the need for a central organizing authority. To do this, all participants in a network of unrelated parties manage equally-valid and continuously updated copies of a record of all transactions on the blockchain, making changes only possible with community consensus.

There are several well-adopted blockchain protocols, each with their own particular strengths and weaknesses. These include names such as Etherium, Stellar, Bitcoin, Ripple, Hyperledger, and others. Each of these has their own native coin and many allow for the creation of tokens within their blockchain Read More…