Coinbase to Open Investment Index Fund

According t Coinbase, there is a "huge interest" in the cryptocurrency among investors who can invest in new assets from $ 250,000 to $ 20M
13 June 2018   204

The largest American cryptocurrency company Coinbase announced the launch of an index fund, focused on accredited investors.

According to representatives of Coinbase, there is a "huge interest" in the cryptocurrency among investors who can invest in new assets from $ 250,000 to $ 20 million.

Coinbase Index Fund gives investors exposure to all assets listed on our exchange, weighted by market capitalization. As we announced yesterday, the fund will be rebalanced to include Ethereum Classic, and more assets when they are listed by Coinbase in the future.

At this stage, Coinbase Index Fund is only open to US-resident accredited investors. We’re working on launching more funds which are accessible to all investors and cover a broader range of digital assets.

Reuben Bramanathan

Product Lead, Coinbase Asset Management

On 12th of June, Coinbase announced support for the Ethereum Classic cryptocurrency. Support includes the addition of an asset to the CoinbasePro exchange (GDAX), the Coinbase Custody service, and the inclusion in the new index fund. 

Coinbase to become the first approved crypto broker-dealer

Coinbase is waiting for licenses approval by SEC to become the first crypto broker-dealer to offer SEC-regulated blockchain-based securities
07 June 2018   194

According to the official blog, Coinbase is posed to become the first fully licensed crypto broker-dealer capable of offering crypto securities, which fall under the purview by US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

This announcement states that Coinbase is waiting for approval by SEC of its new licenses to become a regulated broker-dealer. To get this far, the company had to acquire a broker-dealer license, an alternative trading system license (ATS) and a registered investment advisor (RIA) license. It seems that all these were acquired with the purchase of three companies: Keystone Capital Corp, Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC. The details of the deal are still undisclosed.

The whole ordeal with license acquisition and approval is quite important for Coinbase, because should they succeed, the company will become the first regulated cryptocurrency broker-dealer under the oversight of US SEC and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

If approved, these licenses will allow Coinbase to expand its services to include crypto securities trading, margin and over-the-counter (OTC) trading, and new market data products.

Ultimately, we can envision a world where we may even work with regulators to tokenize existing types of securities, bringing to this space the benefits of cryptocurrency-based markets — like 24/7 trading, real-time settlement, and chain-of-title.

Asiff Hirji, President & COO, Coinbase