Last quarter, the New Jersey Pension Fund invested heavily in two Bitcoin mining giants. A small step for institutional investors, the move might represent something much bigger. There’s a hunger for Bitcoin exposure at the highest levels, but just owning the asset might be too risky or inconvenient for some of those big players. And, until the US government approves the long-awaited Bitcoin ETF, miners provide a much safer target.
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According to Coindesk:
The state-managed pension ended June with $3.66 million in Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT) and $3.39 million in Marathon Digital Holdings (NASDAQ: MARA), according to disclosure documents.
New Jersey’s Common Pension Fund D has $30 billion in total assets for state employees.
The New Jersey Pension Fund’s intent is clear, and they put their money where their mouth is. However, is there a reason that explains why they don’t want to hold the asset? A legal reason, perhaps? The polemic Michael Saylor explains their rationale in this tweet:
Many institutional investors find publicly traded Bitcoin miners to be attractive investments because they want BTC exposure but prefer to hold securities rather than property due to tax, accounting, & business considerations.
So, there are several reasons besides Bitcoin’s volatility. Nevertheless, there’s a hunger.
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Is Bitcoin Feasible As An Institutional Investment?
Bitcoin is maturing and spreading. The title phrase is the same NewsBTC used three years ago in an article that came to the conclusion that the asset wasn’t ready. We said:
In its current state, the market is highly speculative, with a majority of investors looking to make a quick buck. Institutional investors have seen that, and have mostly shied away from opening their wallets for the industry. These investors are looking for long-term returns, securing the trust of consumers over time rather than making a quick buck.
The tables turned. The situation changed. At the present, we are in an era in which some of the more innovative institutions already invested and drove the price to insane all-time highs… only to take their earnings and let it drop again. In any case, Bitcoin is proving its worth as institutional investment. About this situation, NewsBTC said:
These high wealth players with decades of market experience and all kinds of tactics on their side were paramount to driving prices up to $60,000 per coin. Unfortunately, the data above suggests they were also instrumental to the selloff that left retail traders with a bloody aftermath.
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What About a Bitcoin ETF? Is That In The Cards?
The only factor left unexplored is the possibility of a Bitcoin ETF in the US. As you should know, every financial institution and their mothers applied, and some of them have already been rejected. NewsBTC quoted Hester Pierce, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner, who said about the situation:
(Institutions) want access to crypto through a regulated market. It makes sense for us to consider how to do that (…). We’ve dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole. A lot of people are looking for a way to access the asset class. We waited a long time to approve this kind of product.
Sadly for us, we’re still waiting.
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