Richard Willsher
Richard Willsher

When, not if – we will see more electronic platforms and increasing institutional demand for digital assets

Even allowing for a certain amount of hype, there is plenty of evidence that institutions are showing increasing interest in investing in digital assets. As yet however, the e-infrastructure to support them is fragmented and imperfect. Richard Willsher investigates.

In its “Institutional Investors Digital Asset Survey” published in June, Fidelity Digital Assets (FDA) reported on the views of 774 investors’ preferences and behaviour towards digital assets. Roughly half were European and half in the United States. This cohort was made up of high-net-worth individuals, financial advisors, family offices, crypto hedge and venture funds, traditional hedge funds, endowments and foundations. Of these, 36 per cent currently invest in digital assets, 60 per cent have a neutral or positive perception of them and 80 per cent “find something appealing about digital assets.” “We started to see a broadening of user profiles through 2018 and into 2019,” explains FDA’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Christine Sandler. “We’ve seen continued adoption across the full spectrum of institutional participants. Even at the most conservative end of that spectrum, we’re seeing activity from pensions and endowments as well. The...continued

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