Goldman Sachs Executive Says There is “Huge Appetite” For Crypto

  • A Goldman Sachs executive has stated that tokenisation, facilitated by blockchain technology, is getting the attention of the financial services sector.
  • Major financial players like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and BlackRock are leading the institutional movement to enhance efficiency and accessibility in financial markets with the help of crypto.
  • Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Chair expressed concerns about the United States’ unsustainable fiscal path, which leads some to speculate about the role of crypto.

Tokenisation to Unlock Powerful Efficiencies

Mathew McDermott of Goldman Sachs spoke to CNBC, stating that tokenisation will help unlock significant efficiencies in the financial sector.

McDermott said blockchain was always perceived as something of little value in search of real-world use, but this is now changing. Blockchain now solves real problems like making operations more efficient and fixing issues with settlements.

He stressed that in today’s economy, where managing capital and liquidity is getting pricier, these advancements are even more crucial.

And it appears that financial institutions are no longer shy to dip their toes into the blockchain sector with many exploring practical applications and business potential.


If you look at the way collateral moves across the market, actually there is very clearly a problem there, in terms of the fails, the inefficiencies, operational settlement. And so, the blockchain technology can actually have a very profound positive impact on the way those marketplaces operate globally.

Mathew McDermott

Key Players Are Driving Trend of Tokenisation

Tokenisation is essentially taking any asset or a right to an asset and turning it into a digital token on a blockchain. The term is used in conjunction with another hot topic, Real World Assets, or RWAs.

Major banks and financial services firms, like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, are exploring tokenisation for assets like bonds, stocks, and real estate. They aim to leverage blockchain for more efficient, transparent, and accessible financial markets.

BlackRock’s Larry Fink has also become a vocal supporter of tokenisation of RWAs and recently said he believes everything will become tradable in an ETF. This also means – in Fink’s opinion at least – that we are only halfway there in terms of ETFs and the tokenisation of everything.

We believe the next step going forward will be the tokenization of financial assets. And that means every stock, every bond will have its own basically CUSIP. It’ll be on one general Ledger, every investor, you and I will have our own number, our own identification

Larry Fink

FED Chair Hints at Unsustainable Debt Levels

Meanwhile, the chair of the Federal Reserve System, Jerome Powell, said in an interview with ’60 Minutes’ that he is worried about the long-term debt of the United States. This concern prompts crypto advocates, particularly Bitcoin supporters, to view the digital asset sector as a potential remedy for the debt crisis.

Powell admitted that current fiscal policy is on the wrong track overall and that a corrective approach should come sooner than later, although he did not mention Bitcoin as part of the solution.

The US is on an unsustainable fiscal path, the US federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path, and that just means that the debt is growing faster than the economy. We’re effectively borrowing from future generations. It’s time for us to get back to putting a priority on fiscal sustainability. And sooner is better than later.

Jerome Powell

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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