Discuss and develop projects that directly advise or provide technology for stakeholders in the new marketplace environment, with the aim to sensibly facilitate the transition to Digital Finance, and remove the barriers for its accelerated development.

Pick One of you are good atResearch stream 2: Advanced securitisation – turning more things digitalTurning more things into instantly tradable digitised assets. Combining legal research with technology research, including smart contracts and smart titles to address this core challenge.The second key tenant of the Digital Finance transformation is the conversion of ever more assets into digital securities, and the increased liquidity of these assets. This includes, for example, the creation and fractionalisation of digital ownership titles to physical assets. It also includes an increase in the creation and ubiquity of purely digital assets and ‘meta-assets’ like pooled investments and managed funds. Key here will be the assets and enterprises of SME’s that as a result of the cost of traditional exchanges have not had access to the key benefits of a marketplace, namely, transparency, fairness and efficiency.This research stream will:Investigate, measure, and track the creation of new assets.Pursue strategically targeted asset creation and pilots based on the most promising candidates, which will achieve the highest impact as Digital Finance pioneers in the development of this market.Develop projects that seek to evolve national and international regulatory frameworks and securities laws, in particular, the areas of digital title and their exchange forms.Research stream 3: Distributed trading – commoditisation of marketplacesMonitoring and analysing the distributed marketplace. Building next generation technology and finance analytics to service distributed, customised marketplaces for individual tokenised assets.With true digital or digitised assets, the principal function of a marketplace becomes very simple – it is to facilitate the real-time exchange of one set of digital assets for another. Such marketplaces obviate the need for conventional lines of credit, and the burdensome protocols required to establish trust between a marketplace and its participants. Clearing and settlement becomes an instantaneous part of the digital asset exchange.In turn, by reducing the barriers to set up a marketplace or exchange, this leads to potential for individual exchanges to become commoditised. A counterpoint to this commoditisation trend is the evident need for regulation, supervision, and operational certainty in new financial markets. This is not just a requirement from a government perspective, it is in fact ensured by existential self-interest of market participants. History shows that a completely unregulated market will lead to many levels of irregularities and to the ultimate detriment of an honest participant.From the perspective of an issuer as well as an investor, the financial ‘marketplace’ will ever increase to become a distributed marketplace of many individual venues, to source or distribute digital assets.This research stream is a combination of empirical observations, active development and trialling of technologies, processes, and suggestions for operational improvements of the distributed marketplace.This research stream will:Develop projects with the aim of measuring and comparing the quality of markets in terms of individual venues, as well as the quality of overall distributed markets for individual asset classes.Discuss and develop projects that directly advise or provide technology for stakeholders in the new marketplace environment, with the aim to sensibly facilitate the transition to Digital Finance, and remove the barriers for its accelerated development.