BITCOIN PRICE JUMPS AS WORLD’S BIGGEST ETF PROVIDER BLACKROCK LOOKS TO GET INVOLVED

BITCOIN INVESTMENT

GEORGI GEORGIEV | JUL 16, 2018 | 07:00

BlackRock, Inc. — the world’s largest asset manager and exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider — is reportedly exploring opportunities to legally take part in the cryptocurrency market.


A CHANGE OF HEART

Despite the company’s previous skepticism towards the cryptocurrency field, BlackRock, Inc. is looking at ways to take advantage of the “fast growing cryptocurrency market.”

Insiders familiar the matter told Financial News London that the world’s largest ETF provider has assembled a working group, which consists of members from different divisions, including Terry Simpson — a multi-asset investment strategist. The sources also suggest that the team will be investigating cryptocurrencies, ultimately aiming to determine whether BlackRock should get involved in the field.

BlackRock has yet to confirm the accuracy of the report.

In October 2017, Mark Wiedman, Global Head of iShares and Index Investments at Blackrock, said:

I don’t quite get the point of a bitcoin ETF in any case, because we’re talking about…trading products that are difficult to access. If bitcoin is ever successful – and again not my thing but – I wouldn’t recommend it. But if it were [successful], why would you need an ETF to access it?

Earlier this year, Isabelle Mateos y Lago, BlackRock’s Chief Multi-Asset Strategist and Managing Director, said that “at this stage, this [Bitcoin] is not an investable asset class.”

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It’s worth noting that BlackRock has been losing top-end talent to the cryptocurrency field for quite some time.

Vishal Karir, a senior portfolio manager overseeing upwards of $1.5 billion of assets left the company for a cryptocurrency platform. Adam Grimsley and Michael Wong — two of BlackRock’s fixed-income managers — also resigned earlier this year and launched a cryptocurrency hedge fund.

‘’IT COULD GET A LITTLE EXCITING”

The alleged move of BlackRock caught the attention of cryptocurrency trader and host of CNBC’s Cryptotrader show Ran Neu-Ner.

Ran NeuNer@cryptomanran

The difference btw a future & an ETF is that an ETF has to buy the underlying taking liquidity out the market.
When the World’s biggest ETF company is looking at Crypto and the SEC has no real reason to block the next ETF, it could get a little excitinghttps://www.fnlondon.com/articles/blackrock-begins-exploration-of-bitcoin-20180716 

BlackRock begins exploration of bitcoin

BlackRock begins exploration of bitcoin

The asset manage has set up a working group to investigate ways it can take advantage of the fast-growing cryptocurrency market

The news also caught the attention of Arthur Hayes, co-founder of the cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX, who believes that a regulated ETF could have a substantial impact on the price of Bitcoin:

But we’re one positive regulatory decision away, [maybe] an ETF approved by the SEC, to climbing through $20,000 and even to $50,000 by the end of the year.

BlackRock’s purported move also comes days after the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) fileda proposed rule change to list and trade shares of Van Eyck Investment and SolidX’s Bitcoin ETF known as “Bitcoin Trust”. While the ruling is expected no later than September 24, Andy Hoffman of CryptoGoldCentral.com said:

If the SolidX Bitcoin Shares ETF is approved August 10th, it will likely catalyze a massive explosion of the Bitcoin price – and with it, the cryptocurrency space in general.

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BITCOIN PRICE BUOYANCY

The news of BlackRock’s alleged intentions has caused an immediate reaction in the price of the world’s first and foremost cryptocurrency. As noted by Bloomberg, Bitcoin (BTC) $6542.51 +0.39% marked its biggest increase in the past two weeks.

As a matter of fact, all top 10 of the market’s forerunners are trading in the green, gaining a minimum of 2 percent over the last 24 hours.

The price increase also follows recent news of billionaire Steven Cohen investing in Bitcoin.

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About Howard Mahere

I'm a Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency enthusiast ; motivator; author of "AN IMMIGRANT WITH A PLAN" and a John C Maxwell certified speaker . Happily married to Emely and a father to one son and two daughters. My greatest joy comes from inspiring others to maximize their potential. I feel fulfilled when I bring hope to the hopeless and encouragement to the discouraged. The truth is, we each have a past, and it's either our prison, our excuse OR our springboard to a brighter future. The choice is yours but as for me, I made up my mind a long time ago to use my dysfunctional tough childhood as a stepping stone . The late Zig Ziglar used to say "It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life, it is how you handle what happens to you." This is my story and I am sticking to it!
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