Copper Sets Sights on Securities to Woo Institutional Investors

<p>The crypto custody and trading solutions company Copper, led by former British Chancellor Phillip Hammond, is expanding its services to include securities. This move aims to attract institutional investors by offering smart contracts and tokenized assets within traditional financial markets.</p><p>Copper Expands from Cryptocurrencies to Securities</p><p>According to the company's recent announcement, blockchain technology will enhance trading efficiency and performance, applicable to less liquid and highly liquid assets. This development responds to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">the growing interest of institutional investors</a> and technology giants in the digital assets space.</p><p>Initially, Copper Securities will provide custody and <a href="">execution</a> services to clients, planning to add access to payment applications and securities financing within the next year. </p><p>Earlier in 2023, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">Copper </a>announced that Lord Philip Hammond, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, became its new Chairman, having served as Senior Adviser <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">since October 2021</a>.</p><p>"I remain firmly of the view that the post-Brexit UK Financial Services sector needs to embrace Distributed Ledger Technology as a key part of its strategy to remain a major global financial center,” Hammond commented.</p><p>This initiative is not Copper's first attempt to leverage the growing institutional appetite for <a href="">cryptocurrencies</a>. Previously, the firm <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">collaborated with State Street</a>, but this partnership ended last year due to Copper closing its software and infrastructure division to focus on developing crypto custody services.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">Finance Magnates</a> recently reported that the cryptocurrency exchange <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">Bitget implemented Copper’s ClearLoop network</a>. This integration allows clients to securely store their digital assets in Copper's Multi-Party Computation wallet, facilitating settlements during their trading activities on Bitget.</p><p>Blockchain’s Impact on Finance</p><p>The rise of blockchain technology has significantly revolutionized the financial services sector. This decentralized, unchangeable ledger technology has diversified and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">impacted traditional financial systems</a>. </p><p>A key development capturing attention and influencing both prices and adoption rates is <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow">the potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs</a> in the United States by the SEC. Additionally, BlackRock is not only progressing towards a spot Bitcoin ETF but has also filed with Nasdaq for a spot Ether ETF. The data concerning BTC Futures Open Interest shows a clear sign of growing mainstream interest in Bitcoin trading. </p><p>Recently, CME Group, a marketplace operator, briefly surpassed Binance to hold the largest futures market share. This shift is notable as CME primarily caters to traditional finance, whereas Binance is fundamentally a crypto-centric platform.</p> This article was written by Damian Chmiel at