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哈佛、斯坦福、麻省理工学院等高校竞相投资加密货币基金

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哈佛、斯坦福、麻省理工学院等高校竞相投资加密货币基金

据硅谷科技新闻媒体The Information报道,哈佛大学、斯坦福大学、麻省理工学院、达特茅斯学院和北卡罗来纳大学等主要教育机构都通过各自的捐赠基金至少投资了一个加密货币基金。

该报道援引了一位熟悉这些投资的匿名消息源称,这5所大学捐赠基金在加密货币基金中的投资规模已经达到了数千万美元,而这些基金又利用这些资金投资于加密货币实物和加密货币公司股权。

耶鲁大学的捐资基金规模仅次于哈佛大学,位列全美第二。此前,该基金就曾投资了Andreessen Horowitz(a16z)和Paradigm运营的两个加密货币基金。

这6所大学投资加密货币的事情仍然少为人知。不过,他们参与加密市场的事实可能有助于加密行业的合法化。

The Information记者Jon Victor解释道:

知名大学的捐赠基金愿意投资于直接购买加密货币资产的对冲基金,标志着投资者对这一新兴资产态度的重大转变。就像过去十年中,机构更愿意投资私人科技公司一样。许多机构投资者认为加密货币仍然存在较大风险,但是这些密切关注加密资产的机构可能会有利于推动加密货币合法化。

诸如美国传奇基金经理人Mike Novogratz在内的加密货币投资者和分析师们一直预测,机构投资者涌入市场将催发下一个比特币牛市。芝加哥大学捐赠基金经理和前投资组合经理Ari Paul在4月表示,他相信一些机构有兴趣投资加密货币,但是他们正在等待耶鲁这样的大组织进入市场,以便给自己充分的“借口”来效仿。

值得注意的是,虽然普遍认为机构投资者对加密资产的看法比散户投资者更为冷静清醒,但是华尔街战略公司Fundstrat最近的一项调查发现,已经投资加密货币的机构实际上比散户投资者更看好比特币的近期前景。

As first reported by The Information, a cadre of major educational institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina have each invested in at least one cryptocurrency fund through their respective endowments.

Citing an unnamed source familiar with the investments, the publication reported that these five university endowments have invested tens of millions of dollars in these funds, which in turn invest in both physical cryptocurrencies and equity in cryptocurrency companies.

CCN previously reported that Yale University, which controls the second-largest university endowment next to Harvard, had allocated a portion of its $29.4 billion in assets into two cryptocurrency funds operated by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Paradigm.

Even with these investments, the six universities that are now said to have invested in crypto funds still have very little exposure to this asset class. Nevertheless, the fact that they are engaging with the market at all could help legitimize the space.

As The Information journalist Jon Victor explained:

“A move by endowments into funds that will directly bet on cryptocurrencies signals a major shift in investor sentiment toward the asset class, in the same way that institutions over the past decade became more willing to invest in private tech companies. Backing from such closely watched institutions could help validate cryptocurrencies, which are still considered too risky by many institutional investors.”

Cryptocurrency investors and analysts such as Mike Novogratz had long predicted that a “herd” of institutional investors would power the next bitcoin bull market. Ari Paul, a cryptocurrency fund manager and a former portfolio manager at the University of Chicago’s endowment, said in April that he believed that a number of institutions were interested in investing in cryptocurrency but were waiting for major names such as Yale to make the first move so that they would have an “excuse” to do so themselves.

Notably, though institutional investors are generally viewed as having a more sober view of cryptoassets than retail investors, a recent survey by Wall Street strategy firm Fundstrat found that institutions that have already invested in cryptocurrency are actually more optimistic about bitcoin’s near-term prospects than retail investors.


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