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日本首个加密货币基金即将面世

位于东京的Fisco是一家涵盖股票、外汇、债券和商品等金融信息的资讯服务机构。

近日该公司宣布,将同其他两家上市金融科技创企携手于2018年1月底推出日本首个加密货币基金,专注于比特币和其他加密货币的投资。Fisco每年将从该基金中获得20%的投资回报。

此外,该基金还将通过研究国内外交易所的加密货币价格差异,通过寻求套利机会来获利。

Fisco是该国研究和采用加密货币的先行者。早在2017年8月,这家资讯服务机构的加密货币部门向Fisco集团旗下的另一家公司发行了三年期债劵,价值200个比特币(当时价值约80万美元)。Fisco首席产品官Masayuki Tashiro透露,发行加密货币债务的目的是挖掘比特币债券作为一种筹款工具的潜力,这笔交易在该国也是首例。

不仅仅是Fisco怀有这种期望。日本最大的金融机构MUFG正准备推出一项服务,可以在加密货币交易所倒闭或被黑之后保护加密货币持有者。三菱UFJ信托集团的信托银行已经申请了相关的专利,并且日本金融服务局(FSA)预计将会在2018年4月份认可加密货币可以作为资产进行托管。

Tokyo-based Fisco, a research and information prover covering stocks, foreign exchanges, bonds and commodities within and beyond Japan, is set to open an investment fund specific to cryptocurrencies. According to a Nikkei report, the information provider will invest its own money aside from raising capital from other two unnamed publicly-listed FinTech companies with a launch target of over 300 million yen (approx. $2.66 million).

The first-of-its-kind fund in Japan will focus on investments in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and is reportedly set to launch before the end of January. Fisco is aiming for a target of 20% in investment returns from the fund, every year.

Further, the fund will also seek to make profits through arbitrage opportunities by looking into price differentials of cryptocurrencies among domestic and foreign exchanges.

Fisco has been an early mover in researching and adopting cryptocurrencies. Earlier in August 2017, the information provider’s cryptocurrency unit issued three-year debt worth 200 bitcoins (approx. $800,000 at the time), to another firm under the Fisco group. Fisco’s chief product officer Masayuki Tashiro revealed the intent of the cryptocurrency debt sale was to explore the bitcoin bonds’ potential as a viable fundraising tool. The deal, also thought to be the first of its kind in the country, followed legislation in April that effectively recognized bitcoin as a legal method of payment in the country.

Tashiro said at the time:

“We expect that bitcoin will eventually be recognized as a financial product.”

If bitcoin were to be included as a financial instrument under local laws, it would boost Fisco’s business with new financial offerings. “[I]f we play a role of arranger, we could earn fees,” Tashiro added.

Fisco isn’t alone in having bullish expectations for bitcoin as a financial instrument in Japan. MUFG, Japan’s largest financial institution, is gearing to launch a service to secure bitcoin adopters against losses suffered by cryptocurrency exchanges. Mitsubishi UFJ Trust, the group’s trust bank, has already applied for relevant patents and is geared for a tentative launch in April 2018, after Japan’s financial regulator recognizes bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as financial assets akin to securities and real estate that can be placed and secured in a trust.


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