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全球最大资管公司Blackrock或将进军加密产业

随着越来越多的批评者开始关注加密货币热潮,比特币的主流金融之旅一直在缓慢而稳定地前行着。2018年7月16日的报告数据显示,BlackRock是一家管理着6.3万亿美元资产的全球资产管理公司,目前它正寻求为客户提供比特币相关的投资。

加入加密运动?

据财经新闻报道,总部位于纽约的全球投资管理公司BlackRock已经成立了一个工作组,负责加密货币市场和区块链技术的可行性研究,并将其作为进入新兴加密领域计划的一部分。

据知情人士透露,该工作组由传统金融领域的专家组成,其中包括投资经理兼多资产策略师Terry Simpson。

委员会的主要目标是“检查BlackRock是否应该投资比特币期货”,同时要看已加入虚拟货币革命的竞争对手正在做什么,并向高层管理人员报告他们的调查结果,以便发起下一步行动。

正如CNBC报道的那样,该公司的一位发言人透露,BlackRock关注分布式账本技术(DLT)已有一段时间了,但她没有对公司的加密货币野心做出具体评论:

“多年来我们一直在研究区块链技术,认识到了市场参与者在共享数据、清算、结算以及简化证券发行等方面的可能性。”

强大到杀死熊市?

BlackRock首席执行官Larry Fink是比特币最激烈的批评家之一,所以说,本次BlackRock的举动对比特币爱好者来说是一个惊喜。

2017年,Fink还认为投资比特币只是一种投机行为,抨击比特币是人们用来洗钱的工具。

Fink当时宣称比特币和山寨币生态系统没有向机构投资者提供任何东西,并得出结论BlackRock的客户对加密货币不感兴趣。

到2018年7月16日,这位首席执行官改变了原来的看法,因为芝加哥期权交易所(CBOE)、芝加哥商品交易所(CME)、高盛等机构的重量级任务都已开始为客户提供比特币相关服务。

同样在2018年6月,有报道称总部位于美国并管理着460亿美元的资产管理公司VanEck与SolidX合作,向美国证券交易委员会(SEC)申请了一个实物支持的比特币ETF。

全球数字金融公司首席执行官Simon Taylor补充道:“我们不应该过多地介绍正在组建的工作组,而应该介绍工作组决定将做什么事情......我敢说小型基金和大型公司之间的广泛合作是为了寻求机构资本进入加密领域的方式。”

在2017年12月,比特币价格触及2万美元后出现了大幅下跌,现在加密货币领域对自己的发展响应较积极,所以BlackRock进入加密领域对重现去年的牛市将非常重要。

 

 

Slowly but steadily, Bitcoin’s journey to mainstream finance keeps gaining momentum, as more and more critics are beginning to catch the cryptocurrency fever. Next in line, BlackRock, a global asset management company with $6.3 trillion in assets under management, is now looking to start offering clients bitcoin-related investments according to July 16, 2018 reports.

Joining the Crypto Movement?

Per a Financial News report, New York-based global investment management firm, BlackRock Inc. has put in place a task force to carry out a feasibility study of the cryptocurrency market and blockchain technology, as part of plans to launch into the nascent cryptospace.

According to sources close to the matter, the working group is made up of experts in the traditional finance sector including Terry Simpson, a significant investment manager and multi-asset strategist.

The committee’s primary objective is to “examine whether BlackRock should invest in bitcoin futures,” and also take a sneak peek into what competitors who have already joined the virtual currency revolution are doing and report their findings to top management so that the next line of action could be initiated.

As reported by CNBC, a spokesperson for the firm also revealed that BlackRock has been “looking at” distributed ledger technology (DLT) for quite some time now, but she failed to make specific comments concerning the firm’s cryptocurrency ambition:

“We have been looking at blockchain technology for several years, recognizing potential for shared processes and data across market participants, clearing, settlement and reconciliation and simplified securities issuance.”

Strong Enough to Kill the Bears?

The move comes as a pleasant surprise to bitcoin enthusiasts, considering the fact that the CEO of BlackRock Larry Fink is one of bitcoin’s most ardent critics. Back in 2017, Fink who’s one of those who wrongly believed that bitcoin is merely “speculative” lambasted the world’s flagship digital money saying “It is an instrument people use for money laundering.”

Fink also declared at the time that bitcoin and the altcoin ecosystem had nothing to offer to institutional investors, concluding that BlackRock’s clients were not interested in cryptos.

Fast forward to July 16, 2018, and the CEO is singing a new song entirely, as institutional heavyweights such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Goldman Sachs and others have started offering clients bitcoin-linked services.

Similarly, in June 2018, reports emerged that VanEck, a US-based asset management firm with $46 billion under management had in collaboration with SolidX, filed for a physically-backed bitcoin ETF with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

“We shouldn’t read too much into a working group being formed but rather what that working group might decide to do,” said Simon Taylor, the chief executive of Global Digital Finance, adding:

“I would venture that broadly collaboration between smaller funds and larger firms is how institutional capital will enter the cryptospace.”

At a time when the price of bitcoin has experienced a sharp decline since hitting $20,000 in December 2017, it appears the BlackRock crypto adventure would be quite significant in bringing back the bullish market of last year as the entire virtual currency space is already reacting positively to the development.

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