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Woo X Exchange Makes History with World’s First Tokenized T-Bills for Retail Investors

Woo X Exchange made history by introducing the world’s first tokenized U.S. Treasury bills on April 22, providing retail investors access to this traditional financial asset through its RWA Earn Vaults.

Developed in collaboration with institutional tokenization firm OpenTrade, the RWA Earn Vaults offer users the opportunity to earn yields by holding Circle’s USD Coin (USDC), backed by U.S. Treasury Bills. 

The Growing Interest In the RWA Sector

The launch of Woo X’s RWA Earn Vaults comes amid a growing trend toward tokenizing real-world assets (RWAs), which CoinGecko reported as the second most profitable crypto narrative in the first quarter of 2024. 

“The memecoin narrative was 4.6 times more profitable than the next best-performing crypto narrative of tokenized real-world assets (RWA) and 33.3 times more profitable than the layer 2 narratives with the lowest returns in Q1 this year,” CoinGecko analyst Lim Yu Qian said.

This shows the rising institutional interest in the RWA sector, with major players like BlackRock entering the fray with their USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund, which is currently worth over $298M

According to the exchange’s announcement, the RWA Earn Vaults offer USDC holders an annual percentage rate (APR) between 4.5% and 4.7%, providing stable and predictable yields. 

With these stable and predictable yields, these vaults represent a significant milestone in bridging the gap between traditional financial securities and the cryptocurrency space.

Woo X users can now earn stable, predictable yield on their USDC holdings backed by U.S. Treasury Bills without jumping through any extra hoops,” the announcement read.

1/@_WOO_X has officially launched their RWA Earn Vaults powered by OpenTrade and $USDC.

This is a case study in how @OpenTrade can unlock real value for users in ways through the combination of stablecoins like USDC and on-chain RWA solutions.https://t.co/ezhYq8vpoA

— OpenTrade (@opentrade_io) April 22, 2024

Woo X’s Chief Operating Officer, Willy Chuang, expressed enthusiasm about the initiative, highlighting its role in bridging the gap between traditional financial securities and the dynamic crypto market.

“For the first time, retail users on a centralized exchange can instantly access an interest-bearing account backed by U.S. Treasury Bills,” Chuang said. “This initiative bridges a crucial gap between traditional financial securities and the dynamic world of cryptocurrency, offering our users an unprecedented opportunity to engage with low-risk, high-quality financial assets in a seamless, secure, and efficient manner.”

He emphasized the convenience for retail users, noting that they can now access interest-bearing accounts backed by T-Bills directly on a centralized exchange without hassle.

Furthermore, Woo X’s partnership with OpenTrade, which has ties to Circle and the now-dissolved Center collaboration, is significant in making RWA a massive trend.

The introduction of tokenized T-Bills on Woo X Exchange adds to the momentum of tokenization in the crypto space. According to Dune, over $1 billion worth of U.S. Treasury securities have already been tokenized through various platforms.

U.S. Treasuries tokenized through various platforms Source: Dune

Woo X On The Frontier Of Innovation

Earlier this year, WOO X announced the successful closure of a $9 million funding round to bolster liquidity on its platform. According to a statement published on Woo’s website, the funds will be directed towards augmenting liquidity across various markets, starting with BTC and ETH perpetual futures and subsequently expanding to include altcoin perpetual futures and spot markets.

Additionally, WOO X outlined plans to launch a designated market maker (DMM) program for spot markets in the first quarter of 2024. The allocation of funds raised will support global expansion efforts, facilitate product development, and ensure regulatory compliance. 

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