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Pension Funds Explore Bitcoin ETF Investments: Fidelity

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Updated by Bary Rahma
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In Brief

  • Pension funds eye Bitcoin ETFs after Fidelity's launch.
  • Major shift as institutions warm to crypto investments.
  • Bitcoin's mainstream acceptance could grow significantly.
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The financial sector is seeing a significant shift as pension funds begin exploring crypto investments. This trend is driven by the recent approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Fidelity Investments recently introduced a Bitcoin ETF that has attracted substantial institutional investors’ attention.

Rising Institutional Interest in Bitcoin

Manuel Nordeste, Vice President of Digital Assets at Fidelity, spoke about the rising interest that institutions have shown toward cryptocurrency-based financial products.

“Now, we’re starting to have conversations with the larger, real money institutional investor types, and we’re getting some of those clients, as well as corporates and so on,” Nordeste said.

Likewise, BlackRock noted increased educational interactions with pension funds concerning Bitcoin ETFs. The potential impact of such investments is profound. With assets exceeding $4 trillion, even a modest shift by US pension funds toward Bitcoin could channel significant capital into the crypto market.

Traditionally, pension funds have been cautious, staying on the sidelines due to their strict risk management protocols. However, change is in the air. If pension funds follow the footsteps of more nimble investors like family offices and hedge funds, which have already adopted Bitcoin, it could signify a major move towards mainstream crypto acceptance.

Read more: How To Trade a Bitcoin ETF: A Step-by-Step Approach

A recent survey by Fidelity Digital Assets shows a split in market sentiment toward integrating crypto-based products into traditional portfolios. Around 80% of high-net-worth individuals are optimistic about cryptocurrency, compared to just 23% of pension plans.

“Small-scale but sophisticated investors like family offices are more active in crypto investments because they can quickly adapt to new opportunities, unlike pension plans which require thorough deliberation,” Nordeste explained.

Global Adoption and Consideration of Cryptot. Source: Fidelity

The approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs offers a familiar investment vehicle that could ease pension funds’ hesitations about entering the cryptocurrency market.

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Shota Oba
After interning at a domestic blockchain media company while enrolled at a university in international relations, he worked as an intern trainee at two foreign crypto asset exchanges. Currently, as a journalist, he focuses on the Japanese crypto asset market, both technical and fundamental analysis. He has been trading crypto assets since 2021 and is interested in economic and social affairs.
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