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Fidelity Digital Launches Digital Assets Trading

Fidelity Investments has been making plans to roll out a crypto asset platform to include trading for the top cryptocurrencies. In October, the company had said that it would be launching a separate company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services. Head of Fidelity Digital Assets, Tom Jessop had earlier stated that the company was taking a customer driven approach since the larger component of their client base were interested in Bitcoin and Ethereum trading as the two cryptocurrencies currently dominate market cap.

The platform was to be rolled out in March of 2019 but as the time of post we still do not have concrete news. Updates will be put up as soon as the platform is launched. The company already had a digital assets LLC and the question was only if the company would include cryptocurrency trading onto their business, and they wanted to provide a trusted service platform for their clients.

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Morgan Creek Institutional Funding

Last month Morgan Creek announced that it had gotten funding for $40 million for a venture capital that they intend to invest in blockchain start-ups. What caught the attention of the crypto community was the big names of the investors that came up with the figure. They turned out to be Virginia State Police and public employee retirement funds. The other investors include a university, insurance company, a hospital system and a foundation.

The investors actually control assets in the figures of billions of dollars and $40 million may not seem much but it is astride in the right direction if institutions are willing to bet on blockchain and cryptocurrency trading. One of the partners at Morgan Creek, Anthony Pompliano addressed the issue and stated that the company may not be able to hold large amounts of cryptocurrency, but will look into taking early equity positions in blockchain start-ups.

Venture capital investment is very risky as most of these start-ups generally fail but his argument is that blockchain technology is evolving and being talked about everywhere in the financial sector. He argues that even if it could take years, the investment will definitely pay off. Having institutional money invested into crypto is a huge win even though it may not play a role in affecting the prices of cryptocurrency, it healthy for the crypto economy.

Facebook

Social media company, Facebook will not be left behind in the mad rush for digital tokens between the internet’s messaging applications. As of December, the news was out that Facebook would first take its focus into the Indian market. The transfer of funds will be done through Whatsapp which Facebook acquired in 2014. The reason the focus is pegged on India is because the country has the highest remittance market as well as a very large number of Whatsapp users of over 200 million.

Facebook had set up its blockchain team last year after publicly advertising positions they intended to hire in software engineering, marketing and data science to further their agenda. In early January, Facebook acquired the team from London’s Chainspace and proceeded to approach different crypto exchanges regarding listing their own coin.

There are however questions raised as to Facebook’s privacy issues and they have a heavy task of convincing users to get on board with the blockchain project they intend to launch on Whatsapp. In my opinion, Facebook is counting on its phenomenal user scale compared to Telegram which is also rolling out its cryptocurrency agenda and has raised around $850 million so far to back the project, but can they trust Facebook with their money?

So far, Facebook is not entirely forthcoming with the complete process but they are obviously throwing resources towards this project if their recent crypto history is anything to go by. It will be quite interesting to watch how the whole thing unfolds and if it will work or gain traction among users and provide competitive ground.

 

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