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Bitcoin: ‘Bigger than govts.’ or ‘not a store of value’?

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Vanguard and BlackRock’s CEO offer differing perspectives on Bitcoin.

Bitcoin: 'Bigger than governments' or 'not a store of value'?

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Even after descending from its record high, Bitcoin [BTC] still captures the attention of seasoned investors and industry leaders.

Among those closely watching its trajectory are prominent figures from tech giants like BlackRock and Vanguard. 

As Bitcoin remains a focal point of global financial conversations, insights from influential leaders shed light on Bitcoin’s current trajectory. 

Contrasting sentiments from big tech giants 

Tim Buckley, Vanguard CEO and Chairman, in a recent conversation with “Watcher Guru,” firmly stated that their firm would abstain from offering spot Bitcoin Exchange-traded funds (ETFs). He noted,

“Bitcoin ETF does not belong to the long-term portfolios. It’s a speculative asset.”

He further added, 

“Something like Bitcoin is not a store of value or hasn’t been.”

He believed that when the stocks were hammered, Bitcoin experienced similar downward pressure.

This stance underscored Vanguard’s cautious approach towards integrating Bitcoin into its investment offerings, citing concerns over its suitability for long-term wealth preservation.

On the contrary, Larry Fink, BlackRock CEO, in a conversation with “Altcoin Buzz,” highlighted,

“If you’re in a country where you’re frightened that your government is devaluing its currency by too much deficits, you could say this is a great potential long-term store of value.”

He further added,

“It is a ledger but it’s an international ledger, it’s cross-border. It’s bigger than any government.”

This attribute outlined Bitcoin’s potential as a long-term store of value, providing individuals with a means to safeguard their assets independently of centralized authorities.

What are the numbers saying? 

As of the 15th of March, BlackRock commanded $2.84 trillion in ETF assets, with last week’s inflows totaling $18.19 billion across all their ETFs, notably including $2.6 billion into iShares Bitcoin ETF (IBIT). 

Additionally, Vanguard, with $2.58 trillion in assets, saw even greater inflows of $29.44 billion into their ETFs during the same period, but notably, no investments were directed toward BTC ETFs.

These figures paint a complex picture of investor sentiment and strategy. BlackRock’s decision to allocate funds towards Bitcoin-related assets like IBIT suggests confidence in the cryptocurrency’s potential.

However. Vanguard’s abstention from BTC ETFs signals a more cautious approach.

Ultimately, the contrasting approaches of these investment giants leave room for interpretation regarding Bitcoin’s role in the future of finance.


Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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