The idea of cryptocurrency’s union with major financial institutions took another major step forward with the announcement that Morgan Creek Digital has initiated the launch of a $40 million cryptocurrency venture fund which will be supported by two prominent public funds. This recent development will mark the first-ever involvement of U.S. pension funds in the virtual currency ecosystem.
Anthony Pompliano, the founder of Morgan Greek Digital recently made the announcement on social media.
According to the announcement, the two largest investors in the multi-million cryptocurrency fund are the Fairfax County Employees and Fairfax County Police Pension Plans.
The two pension funds manage an asset portfolio with a combined net worth of a whopping $1.2 billion dollars. They have also become the first public retirement fund to invest in virtual assets, setting a new milestone in the crypto industry.
According to reports, the importance of these two public pension funds taking this huge step forward can potentially have profound ramifications for the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Even though there is no public disclosure of the investment terms, Anthony Pompliano did clearly hint that the fund will be for a legitimate special purpose vehicle [SPV]. The reports further indicated that apart from equity investments in crypto-based companies, the fund will retain a portion of its value in major cryptocurrency, favourably Bitcoin.
The rumour mills regarding public pension funds becoming lenient towards the idea of investing in virtual assets started circulating when CNBC news announced the possibility in April of last year.
The founder of Morgan Creek Digital also rallied public pensions to invest and promote the idea of blockchain space with a blog, in which he indicated that Bitcoin has the potential and capability to save the US from its forthcoming pension issues which he termed as an “impending US pension crisis.”
Talking about institutional interest in the industry at a recent Bloomberg interview, he mentioned,
“There’s a belief in the institutional world that if the industry will be around for a long time, it will be very valuable. The smart money is not distracted by price but looks at the long-term trends, and believes they’re betting on innovation as a great way to deliver risk-mitigated returns.”
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Bitcoin will likely be valued at $100,000 with a market cap of over $2 trillion before the end of 2021
The entire cryptocurrency market seems to be on the brighter side of the market since the beginning of the year. A majority of the coins have recorded significant recoveries from their 2018 slump, a period during which most coins lost over 90 percent of their value, when compared to their all-time highs. Among all the coins in the market, Bitcoin [BTC] aka the digital gold, was noted to be making a massive comeback as the coin breached the $11,000 mark after nearly 15 months. The coin however, soon retracted to settle below the $11,000 level.
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Bitcoin was trading at $10,887.27 with a market cap of $93.549 billion. The coin recorded a 24-hour trading volume of $20.757 billion for the past 24 hours and saw a massive rise of over 17 percent over the past seven days.
Anthony Pompliano, Co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, predicted that the largest digital currency could rise to reach $100,000, before the end of 2021. Pomp added that he was around 70-75 percent confident in this prediction. He stated,
“As I have previously said, making predictions is difficult […] Part of my process as a professional money manager is forming a thesis (price target), identifying a timeline (date), and establishing a confidence level. And then constantly re-evaluating those three aspects of my thought process as I receive new information.”
Pomp however, listed six pointers that have to be understood beforehand. First, this prediction is not an investment advice, and people should do their own research before investing in the digital currency. The second is with respect to Bitcoin’s volatility, with Pomp remarking that since it was a highly volatile market, the coin could witness a significant fall before being valued at $100,000. He stated,
“I anticipate that there will be numerous 20-30% drawdowns from new all-time highs as the asset continues to appreciate in value. These mini-boom/bust cycles should not cause panic, but rather need to be understood as natural market dynamics whenever an asset gains significant value in short periods of time.”
Further, the partner of the investment firm stated that the rise would be driven by several catalysts. This includes institutional adoption, exchange-traded funds and retail product approvals, global instability, governments all across the globe manipulating currencies, markets and economy. He went on to state,
“The market cap of Bitcoin will reach $2+ trillion when Bitcoin is worth $100,000. This is less than 1/3 the market cap of gold and less than 1/40 the global money supply.”
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