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资管大鳄Fidelity计划建立加密货币交易所

美国大型资产管理公司富达投资(Fidelity Investments)正在计划搭建一个加密货币交易所,其内部岗位招聘暴露了这一消息。

该公司正在内部招募的职位是DevOps(开发和运维)系统工程师,旨在“设计、创建并部署一个位于公开和私有云端的数字资产交易所”。

Business Insider的匿名消息来源透露,富达这家管理着2.4万亿资产的公司的这一计划已经部署了近1年的时间。

与此同时,该公司还在寻找能够研发“其首创的比特币及其它数字货币托管服务”的员工。这一职位隶属于富达数字资产服务部门,该部门负责提供加密货币服务。

目前在富达有部分客户的投资组合是与Coinbase账户关联在一起的,他们在富达平台查看资产状况的同时还能看到自己的加密货币持仓情况。而成功开设交易所之后,富达投资就能直接持有客户的加密资产。

至于该公司的加密货币交易所会直接搭建在富达投资平台上还是以一个独立的子公司存在还是个未知数。这个交易所的启动时间也尚未公布。

在CEO Abigail Johnson的领导下,富达成为了世界上首批对新兴加密货币资产另眼相看的大型企业。

富达还投资了几家业内公司,另外以教育普及为目的开始了一次小型的加密货币挖矿运作,不过Johnson说她却因此赚了很多钱。

该公司旗下的慈善组织接受比特币捐赠,单单在2017年,他们就收到了价值2200万美元的比特币。

近几个月,加密货币交易所不断增值,还有几家交易所主动寻求监管,申请执照,以方便他们为大型企业服务。

收购了加密货币交易所Poloniex的Circle就透露其将注册成为证券商以及另类交易平台,由美国证券交易委员会(SEC)监管,最终其还将申请银行执照。Coinbase也有同样的计划。

不过,如果一家像富达这样大型且知名的企业能够成立加密货币交易所,这类资产的合法性就得到了进一步的保障。

Multi-trillion dollar asset manager Fidelity Investments is building a cryptocurrency exchange, internal job postings have revealed.

According to Business Insider, the Boston, MA-based firm has advertised internally for a DevOps System Engineer “to help engineer, create and deploy a Digital Asset exchange to both a public and private cloud.”

Citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter, the publication further reported that Fidelity, which currently manages $2.4 trillion in assets, has been planning the initiative for approximately one year.

The company is also seeking staff to develop “first-in-class custodian services for Bitcoin and other digital currencies.”The latter position falls under the Fidelity Digital Asset Service division, which handles the firm’s limited cryptocurrency-related services.

At present, select clients can link their Coinbase accounts to their Fidelity portfolios, enabling them to view their cryptocurrency holdings on the Fidelity platform alongside their other investments. This new service would allow Fidelity to hold cryptoassets directly.

It’s not clear whether the cryptocurrency exchange would be made available on the main Fidelity platform or whether it would exist as a separate entity under the company’s umbrella. Nor is it clear when the venue would launch.

Under CEO Abigail Johnson’s leadership, Fidelity was one of the first institutions to give the nascent cryptocurrency asset class a serious look.

“I’m a believer,” she said at a cryptocurrency industry conference last May. “I’m one of the few standing before you today from a large financial services company that has not given up on digital currencies.”

The firm has made venture investments in several industry companies and reportedly even set up a small cryptocurrency mining operation that Johnson said was “actually making a lot of money” even though it had been established primarily for educational purposes.

The company’s charitable wing also allows donors to make contributions in bitcoin, and the fund has collected tens of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies over the years — including $22 million in 2017 alone.

Cryptocurrency exchanges have seen soaring valuations in recent months, and a number from this once-opaque industry have approached regulators about acquiring licenses that would help demonstrate their legitimacy to large institutions.

Circle, which recently acquired cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex, has revealed that it will pursue registration as a broker-dealer and alternative trading system (ATS) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and may ultimately pursue a banking license. Coinbase has reportedly discussed similar plans, though it has not given public confirmation.

However, if a firm as large and well-known as Fidelity launched a cryptocurrency exchange, it would undoubtedly go much further toward cementing the legitimacy of this asset class alongside other financial instruments.


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