Crypto investment platform Finblox has joined the ranks of companies letting investors earn a yield from tokenized U.S. Treasury bills (T-bills) on their stablecoin holdings as it looks to become a “crypto superapp,” providing a wide range of financial services.
Investors on the platform can now invest Circle’s USDC stablecoin in decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol OpenEden’s yield-generating TBILL token rights, which are backed by short-term U.S. government bonds, the company said Tuesday.
Tokenized T-bills have grown to a $500 million asset class at the intersection of digital assets and traditional finance products, also known as tokenized real-world assets (RWA). They work like a blockchain-based version of a high-yield savings account, where investors can park their excess stablecoins in short-term U.S. government bonds, generally deemed as one of the safest investments, and earn a return.
As central banks jacked up interest rates to combat inflation, rising T-bill yields have captivated digital investors dismayed by lending-based yield offerings after last year’s dramatic blowups of Terra, Celsius and BlockFi. Investment banking giant Franklin Templeton and DeFi platforms such as Ondo Finance, Maple Finance and OpenEden stepped up to cater to the demand.
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So far, however, the tokenized products have been available mainly for professional investors. Finblox plans offer a way for retail users to invest, too.
The firm acts as an intermediary and invests in OpenEden’s TBILL tokens, which are accessible only to accredited investors and institutions because of regulations. It will pass on the yield to users through Finblox’s own “T-Bill Token,” CEO Peter Hoang, who co-founded the firm, said in an interview. Finblox will take a cut of as much as 1 percentage point from OpenEden’s estimated annual yield, now at around 5.2%.
The platform opened access first for professional investors to collect feedback, and will soon expand to users who have performed know-your-customer (KYC) checks and provided proof of address for compliance reasons, Hoang said.
“This collaboration unlocks unprecedented access to a trillion-dollar market, offering users transparency and trust,” said Qin En, principal at Saison Capital, a venture capital firm that invested in both Finblox and OpenEden. “Beyond portfolio diversification, it offers the potential for more reliable and safer yields.”