Category: Institutional

UK fund manager Ruffer: we are in the “foothills” of institutional adoption of bitcoin

UK fund manager Ruffer: we are in the “foothills” of institutional adoption of bitcoin

Ruffer Investment Company, the British fund manager which recently revealed it had bet £550m on bitcoin, has published more details about the headline-grabbing move. In a review covering the six months to December 31, 2020, Ruffer said it has a history of using “unconventional protections” and that it views bitcoin in that same vein during […]

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Bakkt’s SPAC shows how frothy the crypto markets have become

Bakkt’s SPAC shows how frothy the crypto markets have become

Quick Take Some market insiders think Bakkt’s ambitious SPAC reflects the frothiness of both the crypto and SPAC markets. It could lead to a flurry of other SPACs across the crypto industry. This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily. You can continue reading this Daily feature on The Block.

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CrossTower hires Citadel and Deutsche Bank veteran to lead new capital markets unit

CrossTower hires Citadel and Deutsche Bank veteran to lead new capital markets unit

Digital assets trading business and exchange operator CrossTower is launching a new capital markets division focused on services for institutional investors. Those services will include digital asset lending and trade financing, structured products and fund offerings, and best execution. Greg Bunn, a former executive at Citadel and before that at Deutsche Bank, has joined CrossTower […]

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Fiat Freeway: The OCC addresses the use of Stablecoins for Payment Activities

Fiat Freeway: The OCC addresses the use of Stablecoins for Payment Activities

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins.  This week’s column examines the most recent interpretive letter on digital assets from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC). This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis. You […]

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Bill Miller invokes Warren Buffett’s ‘rat poison’ criticism of Bitcoin, says ‘the rat could be cash’

Bill Miller invokes Warren Buffett’s ‘rat poison’ criticism of Bitcoin, says ‘the rat could be cash’

Bill Miller said in a new investor letter that bitcoin’s performance in the past year shows promise — and more companies decide to move portions of their balance sheets to bitcoin, wider adoption could move very quickly, according to the fund manager. In his fourth-quarter Miller Value Partners investor letter, Miller closed with his meditations […]

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Coinbase nabs Facebook investor relations director ahead of IPO

Coinbase nabs Facebook investor relations director ahead of IPO

Ahead of its hotly anticipated initial public offering, crypto exchange operator Coinbase has hired an investor relations executive from Facebook to serve as its face to Wall Street. Anil Gupta, previously a director of investor relations at the social media giant, announced Monday on LinkedIn that he is joining the crypto exchange to “lead their […]

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Digital Currency Group is planning to launch a new wealth management subsidiary

Digital Currency Group is planning to launch a new wealth management subsidiary

Quick Take DCG has a new wealth management business in the works, according to two sources familiar with the plan. It would join the firm’s asset management business Grayscale as a part of DCG’s family of companies.  This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily. You can continue reading this Daily feature […]

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Fiat Freeway: Paxos Closes its $142M Series C Round, FinCEN’s Coming for Self-hosted Wallets

Fiat Freeway: Paxos Closes its $142M Series C Round, FinCEN’s Coming for Self-hosted Wallets

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins.  This week’s column examines Paxos’ $142M Series C fundraising and FinCEN’s newly proposed KYC rules for digital wallets. This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis. You can continue reading this Genesis […]

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