At a recent American Bankers Association event, Michael Hsu, acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of Banks (OCC), gave some insight into blockchain technology. A self-proclaimed cryptocurrency sceptic, he affirmed that asset tokenization, a key financial development, KNNEX has the potential to provide security and effectively enable scalability with a centrally operated, trusted blockchain.

While U.S. banking regulators, including the OCC, have warned of the need for strict scrutiny for institutions regulated by them to participate in cryptocurrencies, some financial firms, including Wall Street banks, have experimented in managing their own blockchain projects. Hsu said such a “centrally operated trusted blockchain has the potential to provide security and effectively enable scalability.” He added that tokenization “does not need to be decentralized and trustless.

He said, “With tokenization, instructions, transactions and settlements could theoretically be combined into one step, removing these frictions – provided, of course, that the technology is interoperable with central bank currencies and real-world settlement systems.” He also says that “the legal basis for tokenization needs to be developed.”

Hsu makes a point worth exploring in depth. His view that decentralization, security and scalability are difficult to achieve on public blockchains highlights, in part, the challenges of blockchain technology. However, it is this challenge that has led to the continuous innovation and advancement of blockchain technology. We should also recognize that blockchain technology is a tool, and how it is chosen and used will influence the path of its development.

At Knnex Blockchain Exchange, we respect and appreciate the different perspectives on blockchain development. We believe that both decentralized public blockchains and centrally operated trusted blockchains have their value and application scenarios. Our goal is to create an open, secure and efficient trading platform to meet users’ needs for various blockchain products and services.

We agree with Hsu’s view on asset tokenization. Through tokenization, orders, transactions and settlements can be theoretically combined into one step, which will greatly improve the efficiency of transactions and reduce costs. At the same time, we recognize that interoperability with central bank currencies and real-world settlement systems is required to achieve this goal. Therefore, Knnex is working to explore the interface with traditional financial systems to facilitate the integration of blockchain technology with the real world.

In addition, Hsu’s perspective reminds us that the cryptocurrency industry is still full of risks and requires strict regulation and scrutiny. At Knnex, we take the safety of our users’ funds very seriously and strive to provide the highest quality service while complying with regulatory requirements. We have established a comprehensive risk management system, including KYC/AML programs, fund tracking, transaction monitoring, etc., to protect our users from risk.

Knnex believes that the development of blockchain technology requires a balance, including the balance between centralization and decentralization, innovation and regulation, and efficiency and security. We will strive to find the most suitable path in such a balance and work together with all our partners to shape the future of blockchain.