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$7.2 Trillion Worth Asset Manager Fidelity Will Help Investors Buy Crypto

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Fidelity is one of the biggest names in financial services nowadays, and a company that is in the latest daily crypto news on DC Forecasts. The reason why is simple – the $7.2 trillion worth asset manager recently decided to help institutional investors add Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency assets to their multi-billion dollar portfolios.

Fidelity Investments is now the fifth largest asset manager in the world. It proudly works with 27 million clients and $7.2 trillion in customer assets. In the official announcement, it said that it is launching a separate company that will provide cryptocurrency custody and trade execution services to companies.

As CNBC reported, the company will serve as a ‘bridge between institutional investors and the retail-focused cryptocurrency industry’. The CEO and chairman of Fidelity, Abigail Johnson, confirmed this, stating in the press release:

“Our goal is to make digitally-native assets, such as bitcoin, more accessible to investors. We expect to continue investing and experimenting, over the long-term, with ways to make this emerging asset class easier for our clients to understand and use.”

This new venture will be led by Tom Jessop, who has spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs before joining the blockchain startup Chain as a president in 2017 – followed by Fidelity in 2018 as a head of corporate business development.

“We saw that there were certain things institutions needed that only a firm like Fidelity could provide. We’ve got some technology that we’ve repurposed from other parts of Fidelity — we can leverage all of the resources of a big organization,” Jessop told CNBC.

Earlier this year, the news reported that Fidelity was apparently building a cryptocurrency exchange. At the time, Abigail Johnson attended a cryptocurrency conference and told the audience that she was a “big believer” in the technology.

This will certainly allow Fidelity to position itself among the leaders in the burgeoning crypto market, which is apparently attracting the eyes of major university endowments such as Harvard and Yale.

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Stellar’s XLM Token Added To Greyscale’s Crypto Investment Trust Fund

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 “I think the theory is a sound one,” he said about Stellar’s business proposition for bridging crypto to fiat currency conversions. An American bank may be keeping large amounts of currencies in foreign banks, and to be able to bring those balances of foreign currencies onto a balance sheet as working capital is valuable. Financial institutions won’t be required to hold balances all over the place. This will improve efficiency and shore up balance sheets for other uses.”
Stellar had amazing performance especially in Q4 after striking a deal with crypto wallet provider Blockchain.com in order to start distributing XLM that is worth $125 million in an airdrop, hoping to increase bigger awareness and adoption. In the meantime, Greyscale had a mixed year in 2018 after bitcoin dropped to its 15-month low at $3,130. The company’s Bitcoin Trust was worth less than $1 billion for the first time in 2018. According to the crypto industry newsletter Diar’s research, Greyscale in the same apparently had holdings just over one percent of the total BTC in circulation. After the announcement, Stellar increased up by 1.22 percent.
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USDC is a stablecoin that is based on the Ethereum (ETH) ERC20 token which was first announced in May 2018 after Circle successfully raised $110 million from investors. The CEO of Circe Jeremy Allaire explained more about USDC by saying:
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Circle’s third audit attestation on the stablecoin, shows that the company has a surplus of US dollar reserves that are able to back the circulating coins. The first one was published in November 2018. Also, back in December, the USDC stablecoin was added to one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world-Binance after getting listed on Huobi and OKEx both in October.
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