Coinbase Custody announced

A Digital Currency Custodian For Institutions announced by the US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase 
17 November 2017   1653

Californian company Coinbase announced the launch of a new company, the main purpose of which will be to assist institutional investors in the safe storage of digital assets. The new company was named Coinbase Custody.

According to the CEO of Coinbase, over the past year, more than 100 hedge funds targeting digital currencies have been created, and even more traditional institutional investors are beginning to view digital assets as one of the options. In addition to traditional hedge funds, it also deals with family funds, capital saving funds and other types of conservation and asset growth.

By some estimates there is $10B of institutional money waiting on the sidelines to invest in digital currency today.

Brian Armstrong

Co-founder and CEO, Coinbase 

According to Brian Armstrong, institutional clients require:

  • Strict financial controls (multiple signers, audit trails, limits, etc)
  • Dedicated account representatives and phone support
  • SLAs on funds transfers
  • A regulated digital currency custodian
  • Multi-user accounts with separate permissions
  • Support for a wide range of digital assets and currencies
  • Insurance (in some cases)
  • And high levels of cyber and physical security

Coinbase is well positioned to launch this product. We already store billions of dollars worth of digital assets on behalf of our customers. We serve thousands of institutions via our GDAX product, the leading digital currency exchange in the U.S. We’ve raised $216M from venture capital firms and financial institutions like the NYSE/ICE, USAA, BBVA, Westpac, and MUFG. And we have approximately 200 employees working across our three offices in New York, London, and San Francisco with deep industry knowledge. 

Brian Armstrong

Co-founder and CEO, Coinbase 

The statement notes that in the coming years Coinbase Custody will help significantly increase the flow of institutional money into digital currencies.

The product will be gradually introduced throughout 2018 and will be available only to investors willing to make a minimum purchase of $ 10 million.

Genesis to Process $746M Worth Crypto Loans in Q2

This value exceeded the first quarter by 48% and BTC still dominates in the loans' portfolio
24 July 2019   246

Oriented to institutional investors, the lender Genesis Global Capital, a division of the brokerage company Genesis Global Trading from the business empire of Barry Silbert, in the second quarter, processed $ 746 million in cryptocurrency and fiat loans. This exceeded the first quarter by 48%.

Bitcoin continues to dominate in the portfolio of outstanding loans with a share of 62%, but it is worth adding that in the second quarter the share of steylcoins increased by 100% (24%). Thus, international investors are increasingly borrowing money in the US dollar or its associated stabcocoins, Genesis reported.

At the same time, Ethereum occupies 3.9% of the outstanding loan portfolio, followed by Litecoin (3.7%) and XRP (2.5%). The company itself takes the coins from large players at 4-5% per annum, and gives them a loan at 6.5-7.5%.

In the second quarter, the cost of active loans (outstanding) reached $ 454 million, which is 149% higher than the results of the first quarter.

Recall that in 2018, Genesis processed cryptocurrency loans for $ 1.1 billion, and in the first quarter of this year - for $ 425 million.

Thus, since its inception, the company has processed loans of almost $ 2.3 billion.

Genesis is regulated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FINRA. The latter, by the way, was recently accused of delaying the issuance of licenses by broker-dealers to companies involved in the cryptocurrency industry.

Investment company Grayscale Investments, which is also owned by Silbert, in the second quarter set a record for the value of assets under management - $ 2.7 billion.