ING invests in blockchain-based securities lending platform

ING invests in blockchain-based securities lending platform
09.03.2020 12:04 pm

ING invests in blockchain-based securities lending platform

Investment

ING has invested in securities lending platform HQLAx, which went live in December 2019. Our blockchain team developed the initial version of the HQLAx application, which uses blockchain to facilitate efficient and high-speed trading of high quality liquid assets (HQLA).

Mariana Gomez de la Villa, programme director Distributed Ledger Technology at ING

“The successful commercial launch of HQLAx is a big milestone for the implementation of blockchain in the securities lending market and proof that blockchain can bring tangible benefits to the industry,” said Mariana Gomez de la Villa, head of ING’s blockchain team.

“It’s rewarding to see that a project we’ve been working on for years, is now live.”

ING and HQLAx partnered in 2018 to carry out the first ever live securities trade on a blockchain platform. Together with Credit Suisse, we swapped EUR 25 million worth of high quality liquid assets using the collateral lending application of HQLAx on R3’s Corda distributed ledger platform.

How it works

Banks need high quality liquid assets to meet tougher liquidity requirements under Basel III. These are assets that can easily and immediately be converted into cash without losing their value. However, holding too many lowers their return. Efficient trading allows banks to optimise their balance sheets.

“HQLAx enables market participants to redistribute their collateral by exchanging the ownership of tokenised securities on Corda’s blockchain platform, which no longer requires the underlying securities to move across users. This removes settlement barriers and improves collateral fluidity, which in turn allows users to manage their liquidities easier, faster and more efficiently,” said Mariana.

What does the future of banking look like for ING? Listen to this podcast with Mariana Gomez de la Villa.

Related News

ESG Investment North America Virtual Summit – by Reuters Events Markets

Reuters Events hosts the leading, North American institutional investor forum bringing financially critical ESG insights to mainstream investors. Join a two-day agenda that... Read more »

ESG Investment Europe Virtual Summit – by Reuters Events Markets

Reuters Events hosts the leading institutional investor forum for delivering strategic ESG insights to drive forward-thinking investment policy. Join a two-day agenda that... Read more »

Remitly Announces $85 Million Round as Digital Remittances Surge Globally

Remitly, the mission-driven provider of remittances and financial services for immigrants, announced an additional $85... Read more »

London Derivatives Exchange selects Exberry to deliver matching engine technology

Exberry, the exchange technology pioneer, has been appointed by London Derivatives Exchange (LDX) to provide matching engine technology. The... Read more »

FinecoBank expands UK offering with access to Algebris Funds

FinecoBank today announces the expansion of its investment products with a suite of funds from Algebris.

With the new funds from London... Read more »

Magazine
ALL
Free Newsletter Sign-up
+44 (0) 208 819 32 53 +44 (0) 173 261 71 47
Download Our Mobile App
Financial It Youtube channel