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荷兰基金巨头推出加密货币基金

尽管荷兰金融市场管理局发出警告,敦促消费者远离加密货币交易,但欧洲最大的基金交易所Flow Traders NV仍选择进入加密市场。

Flow Traders NV的总部设在阿姆斯特丹,它主要关注基于比特币和以太币的交易所交易债券。根据瑞典交易所债券发行商XBT Provider提供的数据,Flow Traders交易的加密货币债券数量在过去几个月中急剧增加。

这对加密投资机构的未来可能具有重大意义,彭博社报道,Flow Traders在受监管的交易所中,它是全球第一家公开承认交易加密基金的公司。这表明了它可能对加密市场的未来充满信心。

让机构投资者通过像交易传统法币这样,以方便直接的方式交易加密基金,可能会对数字资产交易的普及产生积极影响。

荷兰金融市场管理局一直坚决反对加密货币,并发表声明,加密货币不属于资产类别,且容易遭到滥用。虽然金融市场管理局反对,但它并没有实际的法律依据来禁止Flow Traders及其他任何受监管的公司交易加密基金,因此目前传统投资者对加密的推动仍有增无减。

2018年3月,Coinbase被授予英国电子货币许可证和巴克莱银行账户。而一个月后,高盛也开始着手建立加密货币交易通道。有市场人士认为,传统市场低迷的交易量,加上加密市场的活力导致越来越多的机构投资者准备在加密领域中大展拳脚。

与世界上许多其他监管机构一样,荷兰金融市场管理局认为加密货币有帮助犯罪分子和资助恐怖主义的风险。因为加密货币容易跨界流动,国际机构G20呼吁,应制定一套明确的全球反洗钱和KYC原则, 以取代美国证券交易委员会和日本FSA等监管机构使用的不同标准。

 

Flow Traders NV, the largest European exchange-traded fund (ETF) trader has entered the crypto market, despite public warnings from the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) urging consumers to stay away from cryptocurrency trading.

Based in Amsterdam, the Dutch speed trader has its eyes on the first ever exchange-traded notes (ETN) based on bitcoin and ether. According to Swedish ETN issuer XBT Provider, the volume of its cryptocurrency notes being traded by Flow Traders has “dramatically increased” over the past few months.

In what could potentially be hugely significant for the future of institutional investment in crypto, Bloomberg reports that Flow Traders has become the first trading firm in the world to publicly acknowledge that it is actively trading crypto ETNs on regulated exchanges. This possibly serves as a vote of confidence in the future of the crypto market.

More notably, giving institutional investors the ability to trade crypto ETNs or funds in the cheap and straightforward manner of conventional fiat trades could positively affect the popularity of digital assets trading.

Speaking about the potential growth of the crypto market, Co-CEO, Flow Traders NV, Dennis Dijkstra told Bloomberg:

“People underestimate crypto. It’s big, and it is to be regulated very soon. The market participants are much more professional than people think. Institutional investors are interested — we know they are because we get requests.”

On its part, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Market has remained strongly opposed to crypto, releasing a statement where it described it as “prone to abuse” and “not an asset class.” Regulatory antipathy notwithstanding, there is no actual legal basis for the AFM to stop Flow Traders or any other firm from trading regulated crypto instruments on regulated exchanges, so for the time being the push by conventional investors into crypto remains unabated.

CCN reported in March that Coinbase was granted a UK E-Money License and a bank account with Barclays. A month later in April, it was also reported that Goldman Sachs is in the process of setting up a cryptocurrency trading desk. Driven by disappointing trading volumes in conventional markets and the dynamism of the crypto market, more institutional investors are staking a claim in the burgeoning crypto scene.

As with many other regulators around the world, AFM’s primary grouse with crypto centers around the perceived risk of aiding criminals and funding terrorism. International bodies like the G20 have called for a clearly defined set of global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) standards to replace the current situation in which different regulators such as the United States’ SEC and Japan’s FSA use substantially different standards despite the easy cross-border movement of crypto.

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