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   1766

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

Bitso to Expand to Latin America With Investors Help

The amount of financing, attracted by the most popular Mexican exchange from the Coindesk and Ripple, isn't reported
15 October 2019   140

Mexico's leading cryptocurrency exchange Bitso has attracted funding from industry-famous investors to expand its operations in Latin America. The amount of investment is not disclosed, reports The Block.

The financing round was led by fintech company Ripple, also the largest US cryptocurrency company Coinbase took part in it. In addition, the participants in the round were Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital, who had previously invested in the exchange.

Bitso has been operating in Mexico since 2014 and claims to serve 750,000 users in the country. The exchange intends to use the raised funds for business expansion primarily in such large countries as Argentina and Brazil.

Among other economic difficulties, a number of Latin American states are facing currency crises. In Argentina, the government, for example, imposed restrictions on the purchase of foreign currency, trying to stop the fall of the peso. Brazil's economy has fallen into recession due to high unemployment, declining investment and a global recession.

Against this background, cryptocurrency activity is growing in the region.

Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume in Argentina (USD)
Weekly LocalBitcoins Volume in Argentina (USD)

In Argentina, weekly volumes of bitcoin transactions on the p2p platform LocalBitcoins jumped to almost $ 196 thousand. In Brazil, this figure reached $ 307 thousand.