BlackRock, Fresh off Coinbase Tie-Up, Offers Direct Bitcoin Exposure

The institutional-investor-focused spot bitcoin private trust will track the price of the cryptocurrency.

AccessTimeIconAug 11, 2022 at 1:33 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:22 p.m. UTC
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One week after announcing a partnership with crypto exchange Coinbase (COIN), BlackRock (BLK), the world’s largest asset manager, has launched a spot bitcoin (BTC) private trust for U.S.-based institutional investors

  • The trust, BlackRock’s first to offer direct exposure to bitcoin, seeks to track the performance of the largest cryptocurrency by market value.
  • “Despite the steep downturn in the digital asset market, we are still seeing substantial interest from some institutional clients in how to efficiently and cost-effectively access these assets using our technology and product capabilities,” the BlackRock team said in a website post.
  • BlackRock said the firm has conducted work in four areas of digital assets and their ecosystems that could benefit the firm’s clients and broader capital markets: permissioned blockchains, stablecoins, crypto assets and tokenization.
  • In March, CEO Larry Fink said the firm was exploring ways to offer digital assets to its clients, confirming that institutional investors remained interested in the crypto industry even as the bear market emerged.
  • Last week, BlackRock and Coinbase announced that mutual institutional customers would have access to digital assets through BlackRock’s Aladdin portfolio management software, starting with bitcoin.

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Brandy Betz

Brandy covered crypto-related venture capital deals for CoinDesk.


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