New Morgan Creek Fund to Exclude Pre-Mined Crypto

Ripple and Lumen won't be included to Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund
28 August 2018   1176

Morgan Creek, which manages $ 1.5 billion in assets, launched its own crypto fund, the Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund, but refused to include some large crypto-currencies. This is reported by Forbes.

For example, in the new fund, which was managed by the American company Bitwise Asset Management, such cryptocurrencies as XRP, developed by the Ripple, and Lumen (XLM) of the Stellar project, are not represented, as their release was carried out through the so-called pre-goal.

If there’s a central party that owns 30% or more of supply then we withhold those from the index. Because we think that introduces a lot of additional risk that may not be there if it was a more decentralized network.
 

Anthony Pompliano
Partner, Morgan Creek Digital 

The index fund includes a set of 10 major cryptocurrencies weighted by market capitalization, which is rebalanced monthly. There are some other requirements, such as the presence of custodial solutions and a restriction on the concentration of trade.

When forming the fund, the risks of centralization of crypto assets were taken into account because of the increased probability of manipulating their prices and possible issues of regulators if such assets were recognized as securities.

We’re fully prepared and feel we’ve built something that institutional investors will find attractive regardless of how the assets are categorized. Whether they’re securities or not.
 

Anthony Pompliano
Partner, Morgan Creek Digital 

According to the co-founder of Bitwise co-founder Hunter Hosley, the main difference between the Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund and the HOLD 10 fund launched by his company is the availability of the first inspection committee, which included Morgan Creek CEO Mark Yusko, Pompliano and Bitwise Research Department head Matt Hogan.

Hosley said that the decision of the committee to limit cryptocurrencies with pre-currency is caused by two main factors: fears about the opportunities for fraud, which are possessed by large holders of assets, and the doubts of regulators for which a high degree of centralization is an additional basis that allows to recognize crypto currency as a security.

The Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund is already available for institutional and accredited investors. Hosley promised that the fund will be audited by Cohen & Company from this fall, the results of which will be published on an annual basis. The first report will be submitted in early 2019

Ripple to Sell $169.42M Worth XRP in Q1 2019

It's 31% more than in Q4 2018, when company was able to sell less than $130M worth XRP
25 April 2019   205

Ripple published a financial report for the first quarter of 2019, indicating that during this period it managed to gain $ 169.42 million from the sale of XRP cryptocurrency. The value increased by 31% compared with the fourth quarter 2018, when XRP was implemented at $ 129.03 million.

Direct institutional sales brought the company $ 61.93 million compared to $ 40.15 million in the previous quarter. The indicator of “programmable sales”, that is, sales carried out with the help of intermediaries, also increased and amounted to $ 107.49 million against $ 88.88 million.

XRP Sales Table, Q4 2018 | Q1 2019
XRP Sales Table, Q4 2018 | Q1 2019

Total XRP trading declined by about 2% to $ 53.85 billion in the first quarter of this year, against $ 54.82 billion in the fourth quarter of the previous year.

For comparison, for the same period last year, Ripple managed to sell XRP for $ 167.7 million, that is, a change in the indicator was about 1%.

In the first quarter, Ripple released 3 billion XRP from its escrow wallets. At the same time, 2.3 billion XRP were returned and entered into new escrow contracts. “The remaining 700 million XRP not returned to escrow are being used in a variety of ways to help support the XRP ecosystem,” explains the company.

In the middle of the month, it became aware of the decision of the Japanese bank Resona to withdraw from the MoneyTap payment project being developed by Ripple.