CONTRIBUTOR PATRICK DOYLE by Financial Advisor Magazine
The idea of an average investor being able to afford a luxury car, fine art or even a Class A real estate property has previously been thought to be unattainable. However, tokenization is revolutionizing the investment process by offering fractional ownership of assets via security token offerings, and creating more opportunities for small investors to get involved.
Tokenization would not be possible without the adaptation of blockchain technology, which offers new layers of transparency, security and liquidity to investors. Tokens are a newer way to invest in many types of assets, and many believe that security tokens will ultimately replace traditional stock ownership in the future, while also offering a way to invest in asset classes that were previously unavailable to all but the largest investors.
Examples of the latter include the tokenization of high-end vintage cars, which have generated an average 330% ROI to UHNW investors in the past decade, according to Knight Frank, a global Real Estate consulting firm that created a luxury investment index for a variety of assets. Two companies, CurioInvest and MERJ, recently partnered with plans to offer 500 vintage cars, worth over $200 million, through a security token offering. Although token holders will not be able to use the vintage cars, the expected ROI on their investment would theoretically provide sufficient incentive to invest.
As more people invest in token offerings around previously unattainable assets such as Class A real estate, fine cars, and more, the potential exists for smaller investors, previously shut out from these types of investment instruments, to realize ROIs previously only available to the UHNW and institutional investors.
Vaduz, Lichtenstein, 22nd of May, 2020 – Imagine bringing a collectable rare car to trade on stock markets – just like stocks. Imagine a legendary racing bolid or a most exotic car displayed under beautiful lights in the most prestigious location, with stylish billboards showing current trading values – and inviting people to become co-owners by buying its digital tokens on the stock exchange.
CurioInvest, a leading fintech and a Top Pick by Techcrunch and UBS, built the first in the world platform to trade unique cars on stock exchanges. CurioInvest tokenizes collectable hypercars, giving everyone the opportunity to purchase tokens pegged directly to the value of each specific car.
CurioInvest plans to bring 500 cars worth $200 million to be purchased with HT Token.
With the support of Huobi Token on CurioInvest marketplace, its users could invest or make purchases of cars and have access to the future growing pipeline of over 500 cars on the platform. Until now, previously reserved only to the world’s richest investors. Sign up on CurioInvest.com to become among the first to purchase car tokens and pay with HT token – just like that.
Rare cars have demonstrated outstanding financial performance over decades (per UBS, Credit Suisse, Knight Frank among others), and are recognized among future-proof real assets in a world where governments are pumping trillions of dollars as ‘stimulus’. CurioInvest’s vision is to turn collectable cars and other objects of art and passion into a profitable asset class
“We are excited to partner with Huobi,” – “Huobi has proven they are a leading platform with global outreach which further supports CurioInvest in providing access to exotic car investing to the greater audience”– said Fernando Verboonen, CEO of CurioInvest,
Ciara Sun, Head of Global Business and Market at Huobi, stated that “it’s a big step in expanding HT’s footprint outside our direct ecosystem and making real assets such as collectable cars accessible to the general public.”
CurioInvest provides a technology platform for investments in ultra-rare cars and the creation & management of institutional-grade digital assets. Asset managers and private investors can now diversify in top vetted tokenized collectables that trade at stock markets. In the $20B collectable car market, CurioInvest offers the highest security, full automation, and a customizable, yet highly scalable wealth-tech solution, based on DLT. The company was founded by a former team member of kooaba after the exit to Qualcomm. Within just 2 years of foundation, CurioInvest has created a significant footprint in the industry considered by UBS Future of Finance and McKinsey’s venture.ch program among the top 10 Swiss FinTech’s.
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CurioInvest provides a technology platform for investments in ultra-rare cars, and the creation & management of institutional-grade digital assets. Asset managers and private investors will be able to diversify in top-vetted tokenized collectables that trade at stock markets. In the $20B collectable car market, CurioInvest offers the highest security, full automation, and a customizable, yet highly scalable wealth-tech solution based on DLT. The company was founded by a former team member of kooaba after the exit to Qualcomm. Within just 2 years of foundation, CurioInvest has created a significant footprint in the industry considered by UBS Future of Finance and McKinsey’s venture program among the top 10 Swiss FinTechs.
Consisting of numerous upstream and downstream enterprises, Huobi Group is a leading global blockchain company. Established by Leon Li in 2013, the company’s Huobi Global exchange accumulative turnover exceeds US $2 trillion. Huobi proudly provides safe, secure, and convenient cryptocurrency trading and asset management services to millions of users in 130+ countries.
They say that it “takes money to make money” and this is particularly true when it comes to investing in cars. While an average new vehicle loses 30% of its value in the first 12 months and continues to depreciate for years, limited edition supercars like the La Ferrari tend to go up in value almost immediately after they are sold. Writing for Top Gear, RM Sotheby’s Max Girardo argues that “almost any limited edition hypercar” is a good investment.
Up until recently, however, the only people who could profit from this appreciation were wealthy elites who had the bank balance and connections required to pay big money upfront. However, now a new investment technology has emerged that will make it possible for everyone to invest in these cars. This technology, which is likely to shake up the supercar market, is called asset tokenization.
WHAT IS A CRYPTOCURRENCY?
In order to understand asset tokenization, you first need to have a basic understanding of what a cryptocurrency is. A cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin for example, is a digital currency that uses encryption technologies to regulate the supply of the currency and transfer of funds. The value of a cryptocurrency is solely based on what other investors in the marketplace perceive it to be worth, however, and the lack of any tangible underlying asset can lead to volatility. Whereas one Bitcoin traded at around $120 in 2013, for example, during the boom in December 2017 it was trading for $19,000, but it is now worth around $3,300.
WHAT IS ASSET TOKENIZATION?
Asset tokenization refers to a process whereby a new type of crypto asset is created which is directly backed by a physical asset such as a car. So imagine a limited edition supercar that currently costs around $800,000. Needless to say, most people could not afford this purchase price. If 10,000 investors combined their resources and each invested $80, however, the car could be purchased.
WHAT IS A “SECURITY TOKEN”?
In the case above, each investor would then receive a “security token”, which would be directly backed by the value of the car. If the car increased in value by a given amount, say 20%, the car would be resold and the investors would receive the initial cost of their token and an additional profit proportional to the increased value of the vehicle. This investment mechanism means that the highly exclusive and historically lucrative supercar market is now open to everyone.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ASSET TOKENIZATION?
The main benefits of asset tokenization are as follows:
Liquidity/Divisibility: Tokenization enables you to invest in an expensive asset like a supercar, without needing to buy the whole car (and pay the whole purchase price). While this was not impossible before, investors typically had to pay a so-called “illiquidity discount” of up to 20-30%. By using tokenization, these costs can be avoided.
Diversification: Tokenization enables you to diversify your risk by buying tokens in multiple cars. This means that if one car does not perform well, the loss could be offset by profits on other cars.
Lower Cost: As there are very few middlemen involved, fees are relatively low.
Compared to a conventional investment, there is very little bureaucracy. Everything can be controlled and monitored online.
Faster Settlements: The higher liquidity and automated nature of the system mean that transactions are much quicker.
Find out why the Ferrari F12tdf doubled in value in eight months here. If you would like to learn more about investing in supercars on Curio, click here.