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Publicly-backed XREX raises $17M to resolve greenback liquidity points by blockchain

08/23/2021

Blockchain know-how is being posited as a possible resolution to U.S. greenback liquidity points in rising markets.

Blockchain fintech firm XREX has concluded a $17 million pre-A funding spherical led by a consortium of worldwide traders, underscoring heightened institutional demand for crypto-focused startups. 

The consortium was pushed by CDIB Capital Group, a publicly traded firm in Taiwan, and consists of traders from main banks and enterprise capital corporations in North America, Europe and Asia.

A number of different publicly listed firms additionally participated within the funding spherical, together with SBI Funding, which is a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, ThreeD Capital, E.Solar Enterprise Capital and Systex Company. Black Marble, New Financial system Ventures, Metaplanet Holdings, Seraph Group and the Taiwan authorities’s Nationwide Improvement Fund additionally participated within the spherical.

XREX mentioned the funds might be used to develop its fiat foreign money portfolio, purchase licenses and enter into new partnerships with monetary establishments and digital pockets suppliers. The corporate’s reported mission is to make the most of blockchain know-how to resolve greenback liquidity shortages in rising markets.

Though the U.S. greenback’s place as world reserve foreign money is beneath risk resulting from huge intervention from the Federal Reserve and de-dollarization efforts in China and Russia, the buck remains to be probably the most extensively used foreign money on the earth. Because the Financial institution for Worldwide Settlements defined in its 2020 U.S. greenback funding report, the buck accounts for properly over 80% of international alternate transaction quantity. It additionally represents greater than 60% of official international alternate reserves.

The Covid-19 pandemic launched further strains in U.S. greenback liquidity, particularly in rising markets that rely closely on the buck. These liquidity points had been impacting world commerce and commerce lengthy earlier than the pandemic took root. Living proof: A 2019 Asian Improvement Financial institution commerce finance survey discovered that almost 30% of respondents cited greenback liquidity as a significant impediment.

XREX co-founder and CEO Wayne Huang mentioned, “We keenly perceive the struggles confronted by many cross-border retailers who lack secure entry to U.S. greenback liquidity.” In response, his agency is working with regulators and monetary establishments to develop instruments that can support retailers and small companies in rising markets to scale back foreign exchange loss and acquire extra dependable entry to U.S. {dollars}.

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