BlockTower Capital's hedge fund raises $140m

Investors of the American cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital were Union Square Ventures LLC, Andreessen Horowitz and others
05 January 2018   676

The rapid growth of bitcoin and altcoins last year coincided with the launch of futures, which allow investors to work with cryptocurrencies in regulated markets. Another evidence of the penetration of bitcoin into the world of traditional finance can be the emergence of a large number of crypto-currency funds. One of them has already attracted $ 140 million.

According to Bloomberg, the investors of the American fund BlockTower Capital were Union Square Ventures LLC, Andreessen Horowitz, as well as several venture capital companies and companies for the trust management of family capital. Recently BlockTower notified potential investors that since January 1, the collection of funds within the framework of the main fund has ceased.

In addition, Michael Buchella, former vice-president of Goldman Sachs Group, joined the fund's team as head of business development.

According to Morgan Stanley, more than 100 funds are already working in the crypto-currency area, under management of which there are assets worth $ 2 billion. Large companies, such as Goldman Sachs, also take part in this process, providing their clients with clearing services for crypto-exchange contracts.

Hedge Fund Research has launched an index that tracks the performance of funds working in this area. It was found that in November the yield of funds investing in crypto-currencies and the blockchain-company amounted to 1,500%, while the profitability of funds, whose investments are limited to digital assets, exceeded 1,600%.

Recall that in December BlockTower put a million dollars to the fact that before the end of this year, the bitcoin rate will reach $ 50,000.

Fidelity Investments to Launch BTC & ETH Platform

New platform is designed for institutional investors
16 October 2018   195

One of the world's largest asset managers, Fidelity Investments, announced the launch of a unit focused on providing institutional investors with Bitcoin and Ethereum services. The Forbes reports.

The new division received the name Fidelity Digital Assets and, possessing a staff of 100 employees, will provide a platform for trading cryptocurrencies and consulting services 24/7.

The platform already has first customers, but its launch for a wider range of investors is scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

This is a recognition that there is institutional demand for these assets as a class. Family offices, hedge funds, other sophisticated investors are starting to think seriously about this space.
 

Tom Jessop

Founding head, Fidelity Digital Assets

In particular, Fidelity Digital Assets will offer a transaction service that, using internal cross-connect and order routers, will trade through third-party liquidity providers.

One of the most popular offers by the company can also be a service for storing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is physical storage, distributed in different geographical locations and offering the so-called "cold" storage of digital assets. This way of storing cryptocurrencies without access to the Internet and with a multi-level control system is considered to be one of the safest and most resistant to hacking today.

As the CEO of Fidelity Investments, Abigail Johnson, said, the goal of the new platform is to make digital assets like Bitcoin more accessible to investors.

Fidelity Investments is considered the fifth largest asset manager in the world, offering investment and custody services to 13,000 consulting firms and brokers. In total, the company manages assets worth $ 7.2 trillion.