Switzerland’s central bank and the SIX stock exchange will study how financial traders can use a central bank digital currency (CBDC) to settle trades of tokenized assets.
A statement from the exchange’s subsidiary, SIX Digital Exchange (SDX).
on Wednesday indicated that the exchange has partnered with the Swiss National Bank and the Bank of International Settlement’s Innovation Hub Centre on a proof-of-concept for the study.
Part of the effort includes the exploration of technical options such as the digitization of the Swiss franc on the SDX platform and connecting with the Swiss Interbank Clearing System.
SDX expects distributed ledger-based tokenized assets and CBDCs to lower counterparty risk and release financial innovations.
SIX’s Thomas Zeeb said:
“Our proof of concept on the subject of digital central bank money for financial market
participants on DLT platforms will not only provide technological insights.
but will also send an important signal to all market participants
to take steps to explore DLT technology and digital assets.”
SIX has been notable for its financial innovation, particularly with its listings of numerous crypto-based exchange-traded products.
Last week, fintech firm Amun AG announced its successful listing of a bitcoin and ether ETP denominated in the Swiss franc on the exchange.
It’s also preparing to launch its digital assets exchange, having announced a prototype platform late last month.
The SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) continues to progress according to plan.
making it the world’s first distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based platform for the issue, trading, settlement and custody of digital assets.
SDX will provide its platform to explore technical possibilities for integrating digital central bank money into DLT platforms.
Possibilities include the connection of the existing Swiss Interbank Clearing System or the issue of digital Swiss franc tokens by the SNB for financial market participants on the SDX system.
The economic opportunities that could result from the availability of digital central bank money in the future are significant.
The DLT-based exchange of ‘tokenized’ assets and digital central bank money has the potential to reduce counterparty risk and enable innovative forms of value creation in finance.
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