Kraken Pro trader Nelson Minier who is also the head of OTC at the crypto exchange noted that the crypto markets still attracts former Wall Street traders as we can read in the coming altcoin news below.
Nelson was featured on Nasdaq TradeTalks as a guest and explained how the trading dynamic has shifted. For example, the workforce of the Kraken exchange has expanded by more than four times from less than 200 to more than 800 and there is a reason for that:
“Wall Street ain’t what it used to be. The first 15 years I was on Wall Street, it was fun. I was very fortunate, I started in the CDS market which feels a lot like crypto. Here you have a lot of financial innovation, a lot of trading…It feels very much like that, there’s a lot of energy and enthusiasm about this progress and where it’s going.”
Another example is the Morgan Stanley alum Marcus Swanepoel who told the Financial Times:
“Over the past two years we have seen evidence building that bitcoin is an uncorrelated asset class so it makes sense to add it to portfolios.”
The trend is growing towards more portfolio managers coming in including what Minier says is mavericks and savvy hedge funds entering the crypto space. The digital currency investment company Greyscale investments also saw its assets under management balloon to $2.5 billion and most of which originated from big investors including hotshot hedge funds. The Kraken Pro trader stated:
“I think it’s going to be one of those things in a blink that everybody is going to start chasing it.’’
With the upcoming launch of the Bakkt bitcoin futures exchange, more traders could begin to feel the way that Minier does and Kraken has been experiencing an uptick with the institutional demand for crypto but he admitted it was too slow. In the meantime, the rival crypto exchange Coinbase based in San Francisco revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars in institutional capital is coming straight off the sidelines into cryptocurrencies a week as we noted previously in the latest cryptocurrency news. They sure can’t find these types of returns in any other asset class with rock-bottom interest rates and the equities mimicking bond yields. Bitcoin in the meantime has generated high returns of more than 150 percent year to date.
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