Private Credit and Tokenisation: Elevating the Attractiveness of Private Credit

In a world of diverse investment options, private credit has emerged as the preeminent private asset class, capturing the attention of astute investors seeking attractive returns with reduced volatility. Private credit involves direct lending to non-public companies, offering a host of benefits that set it apart from traditional asset classes.



In a world of diverse investment options, private credit has emerged as the preeminent private asset class, capturing the attention of astute investors seeking attractive returns with reduced volatility. Private credit involves direct lending to non-public companies, offering a host of benefits that set it apart from traditional asset classes.

The private loan market has expanded to $1.4 trillion, up from $250 billion in 2010.  Preqin forecasts private loans will accelerate to a CAGR of 17.4% between 2022 and 2026, propelling it to become second-largest private capital asset class in 2023.

Its rising popularity can be attributed to its unique risk-return profile, ability to mitigate market fluctuations, and diversification opportunities. Moreover, the integration of tokenisation has added a new layer of allure to private credit, enhancing its appeal to a wider range of investors. According to rwa.xyz there has been an explosion of private credit on defi rails since 2021 with over USD$4.4b of total issuance and over USD$0.5 of active loans at the time of publishing.

The Benefits of Private Credit

Enhanced Returns in a Low-Yield Environment: With interest rates until recently hovering at historic lows, traditional fixed-income investments often fail to deliver attractive returns. Private credit provides an alternative solution, offering potentially higher yields to investors. This is achieved through a combination of interest rates and coupon payments that reflect the unique illiquidity premium of private credit.

Stability Amid Market Volatility: Public markets are notorious for their unpredictable swings, leading investors to seek stability in their portfolios. Private credit, characterized by its illiquid nature, tends to exhibit lower volatility compared to publicly traded assets. The reduced correlation with traditional markets allows private credit to act as a stabilizer during periods of market turbulence, enabling investors to protect their capital more effectively.

Diversification Possibilities: Diversification is a key strategy in risk management, and private credit opens doors to diverse investment opportunities. By allocating capital across various private credit strategies, such as direct lending, mezzanine financing, and distressed debt, investors can spread their risk across different sectors and industries. This diversification enhances the potential for higher overall returns and can serve as a hedge against market downturns.

Access to Untapped Markets: Conventional lending channels may not fully cater to niche industries or underserved borrowers. Private credit bridges this gap, providing funding to ventures with high growth potential, such as private equity buyouts, real estate  , and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).    This not only benefits the borrowers but also opens up new investment avenues for investors to participate in burgeoning markets.

Tokenisation: Elevating the Attractiveness of Private Credit

The introduction of tokenisation has revolutionized the private credit landscape, infusing it with newfound appeal and opportunities. Tokenisation involves representing ownership of assets through digital tokens on a blockchain, and its impact on private credit is transformative:

1. Enhanced Liquidity and Fractional Ownership: Tokenisation transforms traditionally illiquid private credit investments into digital tokens that can be traded on blockchain platforms. This heightened liquidity empowers investors to buy and sell tokens representing fractional ownership in private credit assets with ease and efficiency. Fractional ownership paves the way for wider accessibility, enabling smaller investors to participate and fostering a more liquid and dynamic market.

2. Transparency and Security: Blockchain technology underpinning tokenisation ensures an immutable and transparent record of ownership and transaction history for each token. This heightened transparency fosters trust among investors, who can verify the authenticity of tokenised assets and monitor their investments in real-time. The secure and tamper-resistant nature of blockchain technology further instils confidence in the private credit market. The blockchain can reduce or eliminate the need for registries and settlement agents.

3. Smart Contracts: Streamlining Processes: Smart contracts embedded in tokens automate various aspects of private credit, such as interest payments and adherence to contractual terms. This automation streamlines the investment process, reducing administrative overhead, and eliminating the need for intermediaries. Consequently, private credit becomes more accessible and efficient for both borrowers and investors.


Private credit has become the preeminent private asset class due to its attractive risk-return profile, diversification benefits, and access to niche opportunities. As investors seek to navigate uncertain economic conditions and achieve their financial goals, private credit stands out as a compelling option in the ever-expanding landscape of alternative investments. Moreover, with the rise of tokenisation, private credit investments can become even more appealing by introducing greater liquidity, transparency, and accessibility. 
Blockchain technology and tokenisation have the potential to revolutionize the private credit market, making it an exciting space to watch as the financial world embraces digital transformation.

The Aura Private Credit strategies are not currently utilising or investing in tokenised assets, however the teams are consistently monitoring the movements in the market.


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