Swiss Central Bank to Explore Use of Digital Franc in Settling Trades

Switzerland’s central bank and the SIX stock exchange will study using a central bank digital currency to settle trades of tokenized assets.

Oct 9, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 11:33 a.m. UTC

Switzerland’s central bank and the SIX stock exchange will study how financial traders can use a central bank digital currency (CBDC) to settle trades of tokenized assets.

A statement from the exchange's subsidiary, SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), on Wednesday indicated that the exchange has partnered with the Swiss National Bank and the Bank of International Settlement’s Innovation Hub Centre on a proof-of-concept for the study.

Part of the effort includes the exploration of technical options such as the digitization of the Swiss franc on the SDX platform and connecting with the Swiss Interbank Clearing System.

SDX expects distributed ledger-based tokenized assets and CBDCs to lower counterparty risk and release financial innovations, according to the announcement.

SIX’s Thomas Zeeb said:

“Our proof of concept on the subject of digital central bank money for financial market participants on DLT platforms will not only provide technological insights. but will also send an important signal to all market participants to take steps to explore DLT technology and digital assets.”

SIX has been notable for its financial innovation, particularly with its listings of numerous crypto-based exchange-traded products. Last week, fintech firm Amun AG announced its successful listing of a bitcoin and ether ETP denominated in the Swiss franc on the exchange.

It's also preparing to launch its digital assets exchange, having announced a prototype platform late last month.

Swiss flag image via Shutterstock

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