UK launches an inquiry into cryptocurrencies

The inquiry by UK Treasury Select Committee will examine the risks and possible benefits of crypto for investors
22 February 2018   680

European governments are quite cautious about cryptocurrencies and investments into them. And the regulatory base is as of now a lot more sparse, than one in America and Asia. But UK has announced that the Treasury Select Committee is launching an inquiry into cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology that is the base of all crypto networks.

The inquiry will study the risks and opportunities presented by digital currencies for businesses and individual investors. Also, the government wants to see the possible benefits for itself from integrating cryptocurrencies and blockchain into daily operations.

Nicky Morgan, the Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, told the press that public interest in cryptocurrencies is rising, but the investments are unregulated and unprotected by the laws. High risks involved in this market are worrying. She added, that finding the right balance between regulating digital currencies for protection of individual investors and allowing the freedom of innovation is necessary in this case, so the Committee's goal isn't stomping down on overall usage of digital currencies.

This notion is just a next step in widespread action taken by EU governments to regulate cryptocurrencies. Lawmakers all around the Europe are discussing the possible governmental stance on crypto. For example, France and Germany have announced the joint effort which will present a set of regulation in the field during the next G20 summit.

Fidelity Investments to Launch BTC & ETH Platform

New platform is designed for institutional investors
16 October 2018   121

One of the world's largest asset managers, Fidelity Investments, announced the launch of a unit focused on providing institutional investors with Bitcoin and Ethereum services. The Forbes reports.

The new division received the name Fidelity Digital Assets and, possessing a staff of 100 employees, will provide a platform for trading cryptocurrencies and consulting services 24/7.

The platform already has first customers, but its launch for a wider range of investors is scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

This is a recognition that there is institutional demand for these assets as a class. Family offices, hedge funds, other sophisticated investors are starting to think seriously about this space.
 

Tom Jessop

Founding head, Fidelity Digital Assets

In particular, Fidelity Digital Assets will offer a transaction service that, using internal cross-connect and order routers, will trade through third-party liquidity providers.

One of the most popular offers by the company can also be a service for storing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is physical storage, distributed in different geographical locations and offering the so-called "cold" storage of digital assets. This way of storing cryptocurrencies without access to the Internet and with a multi-level control system is considered to be one of the safest and most resistant to hacking today.

As the CEO of Fidelity Investments, Abigail Johnson, said, the goal of the new platform is to make digital assets like Bitcoin more accessible to investors.

Fidelity Investments is considered the fifth largest asset manager in the world, offering investment and custody services to 13,000 consulting firms and brokers. In total, the company manages assets worth $ 7.2 trillion.