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Fidelity或将在年底发布加密货币及区块链新产品

随着加密货币在全球范围内不断扩张,一些公司正试图抓住这一趋势。富达投资集团(Fidelity Investments)位列其中。美国富达投资集团为目前全球最大的专业基金公司。富达投资集团的分支机构遍布全球15个国家和地区。

在过去几周的时间里,来自不同领域的公司都开始决定投资区块链和虚拟货币。例如,摩根士丹利正在研究不同的加密码货币衍生品产品,从而使交易者能够交易比特币。此外,高盛正在开发比特币交易部门,花旗集团正在开发一种数字资产收据(Digital Asset Receipt,简称为DAR)。而另一家重要公司——洲际交易所(ICE)也准备向市场推出一款专门为机构投资者设计的、名为Bakkt的新产品。

富达投资集团也不甘落后。该公司正在开发不同的区块链和加密货币产品及服务。同时据报道称,富达投资集团计划在未来几个月推出这些产品服务。然而,以现在加密货币市场的状况可并不适合推出新产品。

富达投资集团首席执行官Abigail Johnson对此发表了评论:

我们正在开发一些区块链和加密货币的产品和服务,已经完成了一些项目,但不会直接推出。我们希望能在年底前宣布推出部分项目。

目前,整个加密货币市场仍没有提供任何达到机构投资级别的加密货币交易平台,这正是行业亟待解决的问题。由于缺乏适当的监管和市场基础设施,虽然来自机构和富有投资者的需求在不断增加,但现有的设施却无法满足他们的需求。

另外,加密货币的波动性是另一个必须解决的问题。如果比特币不能提供稳定性的话,那么它就不能作为一种支付手段。而加密货币交易所还应解决流动性的问题。如果有机构交易者将数亿美元的资金投入市场,那么显然就会引起巨大的波动。

Johnson说道:

我们一开始是为比特币、以太坊、其他加密货币,或者可能只是原始区块链技术建立很多的用例。当然这些用例中有一大部分已经被放弃了。我们正试图倾听市场的声音,并预测哪些产品服务是真正有意义的。

今年6月,富达投资集团首次表示其希望搭建一个加密货币交易所和托管服务项目,但由于缺乏相关领导,该项目不久后就被搁置。

当然目前,有一件事情十分明确,那就是许多公司正在考虑加密货币领域的未来,而富达投资集团便是其中之一。到2019年,当不同产品开始不断涌现的时候,整个加密货币市场会变得更加不同,并更加趋向成熟。

Cryptocurrencies are expanding all over the world and several companies are trying to be updated on this trend. This time, Fidelity Investments is trying to not lose this unique opportunity of being ahead of other companies and avoid being left behind.

In the last weeks, various firms from different fields decided to invest in blockchain and virtual currencies. Morgan Stanley, for example, is working on different derivatives products allowing traders to gain exposure to Bitcoin (BTC). Additionally, Goldman Sachs is working on a Bitcoin trading desk and Citigroup is developing a Digital Asset Receipt (DAR).

Another important firm, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is also ready to launch a new product to the market, which is known as Bakkt. This is specifically designed for institutional investors.

Fidelity Investments does not want to lag behind. The company is developing different blockchain and cryptocurrency products and services. According to some reports, the intention is to roll them out in the next months. However, it seems that the market is not in the best conditions to launch new products.

Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments, commented on the matter:

“We’ve got a few things underway, a few things that are partially done but also kind of on the shelf because it’s no really the right time. We hope to have some things to announce by the end of the year.”

At the moment, the market is not offering any institutional grade cryptocurrency trading platform. And that’s an issue that the industry needs to solve. There is an increased demand from institutions and wealthy investors that cannot be fulfilled due to the lack of proper regulations and market infrastructure.

As Reza Jafery, partner at Blockchain Warehouse explains, there are no all-in-one enterprise-level institutional tools currently available. Moreover, there are no mechanisms for investors to trade in the same way as in traditional markets.

Volatility is another issue that must be addressed, but it is not easy to do it. Bitcoin cannot work as a means of payment if it does not provide stability. In addition to it, cryptocurrency exchanges should address liquidity issues. If there are institutional traders placing walls of hundreds of million of dollars, the market would clearly not be able to work as it should.

“What we started with was building a long list of use cases for either Bitcoin, Ethereum, other cryptocurrencies, or potentially just raw blockchain technology,” Johnson said. “Most of them have been scrapped by now or at least put on the shelf. The things that actually survived were not the things I think necessarily we expected. We were trying to listen to the marketplace and anticipate what would make sense.”

Fidelity Investments first put into play that they wanted to open a Crypto Exchange and Custody service back in June, it was put on hold shortly after due to lack of leadership.

One thing is clear, there are many companies that are thinking about the future of the space. Fidelity Investments is one of those, but not the only one. In 2019, when different products would already be available, the market would be different and more mature.


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