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HSBC tokenizes gold | Bugra Celik | DigFin VOX Ep. 78

HSBC’s Bugra Celik describes how the bank has tokenized gold investing for retail, why, and what’s next.



Bugra Celik, HSBC

HSBC has just launched a tokenized gold product for retail investors in Hong Kong, following an institutional version that appeared in late 2023.

Bugra Celik is director of digital assets at HSBC global private banking and wealth. He speaks with DigFin‘s Jame DiBiasio about how tokenized gold works and the pros and cons compared to gold ETFs or other types of exposure.

Celik also touches on lessons from fintech companies tokenizing gold, how this fits into the bank’s broader agenda to tokenize real-world assets, and whether retail investors should treat gold as the better inflation hedge versus bitcoin.

  • Timecodes:
  • 0:00 – Bugra Celik, HSBC
  • 1:46 – Why tokenize gold for retail investors
  • 4:33 – Fractionalized gold versus paper gold and ETFs
  • 7:34 – The bank’s business model for this product
  • 9:58 – Other uses for tokenized gold, eg collateral
  • 10:38 – Lessons from fintech companies trying to do this
  • 15:08 – The underlying blockchain, interoperability, finality of trades
  • 19:25 – Tokenized gold versus bitcoin
  • 21:27 – Prospects for tokenizing other real-world assets
  • 24:22 – KPIs and what is success

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