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Brian Kelly: Crypto Set for Institutional Investment Bull Run in 2019

CNBC’s Brian Kelly sees the arrival of industry names setting up crypto subsidiaries, as “fantastic news” which should encourage institutional investments to take off in the new year.

He was specifically referring to news this week that Boston based Fidelity Investments, the fourth largest asset manager with $7.2 trillion in assets under administration, was moving into crypto, offering custody and trading solutions to its clients.

The creation of the company subsidiary Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS), is in Kelly’s view another positive in terms of attracting institutional crypto investment, a factor that, as he has argued for a long time, could start another crypto bull run similar to that of 2017, a view also held by Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz.

The news that major US universities are all raising their cryptocurrency profiles has Kelly proposing that mainstream brokers could easily be brought into the fray in the new year, once the word is out that cryptocurrency is becoming an institutional drawcard. On CNBC he stated:

“Soon. I think very soon. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a lot of those companies have something working in the background by Q1 of 2019. I mean if you’re looking at this, there are a couple things you need to think of. Fidelity is in this space. Also, remember that startups like Robinhood launched a crypto app and got a million users in four days. So if you are at Schwab or you’re at E*Trade, then you may start to look at that and say, “Where are the customers?” And they’re in crypto, so you gotta offer that product.”

Kelly and Novogratz are not the only ones in the market that feel that “institutional FOMO,” should be the catalyst behind the cryptocurrency market’s next bull run, hence all eyes on the SEC and their net move; the addition of yet another major player to the growing cryptocurrency institutional family network is in their eyes no bad thing.

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Fintech Fusion Shows Ireland’s Intent to Promote Blockchain Hub

Fintech Fusion, a new Irish research program costing EUR 7 million is being launched to focus on paytech, regtech and insuretech technologies.

The project is the brainchild of Dublin’s Science Foundation Ireland’s Adapt Centre and will enable more data-driven research into blockchain development and big data, say its creators. The research will also address the impact of current financial technology on business, both financial and technological, including the retail and wholesale sector.

Ireland currently has a forward-thinking approach to blockchain technology. Recently, National University of Ireland (NUI) authors of a study on the adoption of blockchain approached the government to promote a more widespread use of the technology in the country.

One of the findings of that study showed that only 40% of companies in Ireland had embraced blockchain technology, which the researchers felt was relatively low, despite Ireland’s 13th position on Bloomberg’s 2018 Innovation Index, with high productivity scores and advanced IT infrastructure.

The latest project could take innovation in technology beyond Ireland’s shores with huge implications for the advancement of global financial services in general. The project will be partially funded by Science Foundation Ireland who has pledged to input EUR 2 million, with the remaining EUR 7 million coming from industry partners.

The Fintech Fusion’s academic researchers have managed to land an impressive crew of companies to assist with their work including Deutsche Börse, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, Gecko Governance, Fineos and Zurich. Also, researchers from three existing Science Foundation Ireland centers will join the project, along with Trinity College Dublin, UCD, DCU, DIT, UL and NUI Galway.

“Fintech is the marriage between finance and technology and offers huge growth opportunities for Ireland both in research reputation and economic impact,” said John Cotter, director of Fintech Fusion at the Adapt Centre. “This will create new opportunities for Ireland, our researchers, and our industry partners.”

Trinity College itself, highly involved in the project, has its own plans for USD 1 billion campus which will be located in the new Grand Canal Innovation District which could provide a home for 400-500 startups, living alongside the offices of multinationals.

 

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