Zero Settlement Risk Token Systems
23 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2021 Last revised: 18 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 1, 2021
How might a modern settlement system with distributed ledger technology achieve zero settlement risk? We consider the design of a settlement system based that satisfies two integral features: information-leakage proof and zero settlement risk. The legacy settlement systems partition market participants’ private information but are vulnerable to settlement risk. We show that a token system can be designed to achieve both as long it employs a protocol that enforces appropriate restrictions on the set of programs traders can enter. First, programs must be immediately executed, i.e. a collapse between trade and settlement; second, they must also involve transactions based on verifiable claims, at the time of trade. We provide concrete applications of zero settlement risk system to derivatives, collateralized loans, and securitization.
Keywords: token system, instant settlement, financial architecture
JEL Classification: G00, G29, E42
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