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   602

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

UAE to Launch Ripple's Based Payment System

The system is focused on Asian markets and, according to the head of UAE Exchange will be supported by “one or two banks” working with the RippleNet
14 December 2018   138

UAE Exchange payment company based in the United Arab Emirates creates a blockchain payment system along with Ripple, Reuters reports.

The system is focused on Asian markets and, according to the head of UAE Exchange Promot Manghat, will be supported by “one or two banks” working with the RippleNet payment network. Its launch is planned in the first quarter of next year.

It is worth noting that in the UAE there are many workers from other Asian countries.
More than a third of remittances from this country go to India, 8.8% to Pakistan and 6.9% to the Philippines. Thus, the payment corridor being developed may in the future take a significant share of the international transfer market.

Blockchain holds tremendous promise for the industry but there is progress to be made before we see it go fully mainstream. We expect to go live with Ripple by Q1, 2019 with one or two Asian banks. This is for remittances to start with, from across the globe into Asia.

Promoth Manghat
Executive director and chief executive, Finablr

According to the information on the UAE Exchange website, the service works with 140 banks and is represented in 31 countries.