Blockchain 

Q3 Saw Record High Inflows, Growing Institutional Interest

Digital asset management giant Grayscale registered over $254 million in total investment into its products in the third quarter of 2019. In its Digital Asset Investment Report for Q3 2019, Grayscale provided details on the inflows into its products for the period from July 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2019. The third quarter of the year marked the highest demand for the company’s offerings since its establishment, resulting in $254.9 million of inflows. The figure shows a threefold quarter-on-quarter increase, from $84.8 million last quarter. The quarterly inflows into Grayscale…

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Bitcoin 

Institutional Interest in Crypto Doubles in Q2

A senior executive at cryptocurrency asset management giant Grayscale has stated that institutional investors are constantly piling into the space in 2019. Grayscale says institutions were always active Speaking in an interview with news outlet The Block on Oct. 8, the company’s director of sales and business development Rayhaneh Sharif-Askary said that business had been consistent while growing throughout this year. Q2 alone saw $85 million come from investors — twice as much as in Q1 — with institutional investors contributing more than 80% in total. Sharif-Askary explained: “You know,…

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Bitcoin 

VanEck Now Offering Bitcoin Financial Product for Institutional Investors

The CEO of investment management firm VanEck Associates, Jan Van Eck, said that the company is now offering a type financial product with exposure to Bitcoin (BTC). In an interview with CNBC on Sept. 11, Van Eck said that the product offered by the firm is a broker-traded fund and is currently not available to the public, but to institutional investors only. Van Eck further specified that it will trade over-the-counter and will not trade on a national securities exchange. The broker-traded fund is called VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust 144A…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Will Be In Every Institutional Investor’s Portfolio

American investor and Morgan Creek Digital Assets co-founder Anthony Pompliano says that Bitcoin will end up in every institutional investor’s portfolio. In an interview with CNBC on Aug. 20, Pompliano said that every single week more infrastructure is being built around Bitcoin (BTC) and the crypto markets more broadly. “We’re at a tipping point” In making the case for Bitcoin’s bullish prospects, Pompliano highlighted recent developments, such as the coin’s serial record-breaking hash rate this summer, which points to continual improvements in the network’s security and support. He also took…

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Blockchain 

Institutional Crypto Lending Platform Receives Gibraltar DLT License

Fully collateralized crypto-to-crypto lending platform Lendingblock has received a distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider license from Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), reports Crowdfund Insider on Aug. 15. The accreditation brings the institution-focused platform one step closer to launch. The GFSC awarded an in-principle DLT provider license in late 2018. New capital lending model for digital assets Providing collateralized lending and borrowing reportedly allows Lendingblock to support short-term trading, hedging and working capital needs. This mirrors traditional financial markets, which the company aims to reinvent with a better model to service…

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Blockchain 

Fidelity Joins Blockstream’s New Institutional Bitcoin Mining Service

Blockchain technology company Blockstream has announced details of its Bitcoin mining services. In a blog post on Aug. 8, the company revealed two massive data centers for enterprise class co-location services, along with Blockstream Pool, using the BetterHash protocol. Its aim is to maintain the decentralization of the Bitcoin network. Your Bitcoin mining equipment, Blockstream’s data-centers The data centers, located in Quebec and Georgia, account for a combined 300 megawatts of energy capacity. At full capacity, populated with the latest mining rigs, this could account for around 7.5% of the…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken Exchange Acquires Service Provider for Institutional Investors

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has acquired Interchange, an accounting and portfolio reconciliation service provider for institutional cryptocurrency investors. A press release published on July 31 outlines that the acquisition supports Kraken’s creation of an end-to-end crypto trading and reconciliation platform.  An arsenal of tools for institutional clients As the release outlines, Interchange’s co-founders and crypto veterans Dan Held and Clark Moody have evolved Interchange to serve cryptocurrency hedge funds, asset managers and fund administrators, providing them with specialized tools to monitor and report their crypto holdings and optimize their portfolios. The…

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Blockchain 

Institutional Activity in Crypto Up 300% in 12 Months

Bitcoin (BTC)’s rise to multi-month highs may be attributable to a significant uptick in institutional activity over the past year, according to a report broadcast on CNBC television on June 25.  Data from institutional crypto lender Genesis Capital — an affiliate of Genesis Global Trading — reportedly reveals a significant increase in activity from institutional counter-parties, with volumes two to three times higher than they were twelve months ago. Alongside institution-led momentum, CNBC notes that while many have attributed bitcoin’s strong price performance to market sentiment buoyed by the recent…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Markets Now Show Greater Influence From Institutional Investors: JPMorgan

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) thinks the Bitcoin (BTC) industry has changed considerably since 2017, citing an increase in institutional interest, Bloomberg reported on June 15. The publication quoted a report led by managing director of global market strategy of the United States’ largest bank, Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, in which researchers examined recent phenomena surrounding cryptocurrency exchanges. As Cointelegraph reported, an investigation by asset manager Bitwise in March — and again last month — revealed that a significant amount of trade volume reported by exchanges was likely fake. Citing JPM, Bloomberg notes that…

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Blockchain 

Finance IT Infrastructure Firm Partners With Institutional Crypto Exchange Seed CX

Trading IT infrastructure company Avelacom has partnered with digital currency exchange Seed CX, according to a press release published on May 23. The partnership aims to allow institutional clients of Avelacom —  an IT infrastructure provider for the financial services industry — to utilize Seed CX’s real-time market data and order-routing products. Currently, Seed CX provides services of a licensed exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, with plans to offer its products for Commodity Futures Trading Commission-regulated digital asset derivatives. Managing Director of Avelacom Aleksey…

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