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An article to understand Fidelity's entry route in the field of cryptocurrency



Almost all blockchain media have previously reported that Fidelity plans to submit an application to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish a bitcoin investment fund. This comes as no surprise to many in the industry, as the Fidelity Digital Assets group has been planning this for quite some time. In fact, Fidelity has been in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space for a few years now, boasting that it was one of the first large financial institutions to get involved in the space before the 2017 ICO boom.

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While other large financial institutions were just getting into cryptocurrencies and even continued to shy away from the nascent field, Fidelity took a proactive approach from the start, launching in 2013 through the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology. Applied Technology launched a blockchain incubator. PANews assumes that less than 10% of those working in the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry know what Bitcoin is, let alone blockchain.

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Many believe that after the bitcoin bubble burst in 2013, Fidelity stepped up its research and began allowing clients to invest their own individual retirement account (IRA) money in SecondMarket's bitcoin investment trust. This eventually led to more ancillary services, such as allowing donors to donate to charities using bitcoin, integrating Coinbase into its platform to allow users to track cryptocurrency holdings, and even accepting bitcoin in the company cafeteria.

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As of September 2020, Fidelity has set foot in fields such as bitcoin mining, digital asset custody, and institutional transaction execution, and entered the European market, even obtaining a BitLicense.

Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson is the main factor driving the company's foray into the cryptocurrency space. She has played the role of Bitcoin evangelist from the beginning. At the Consensus conference in 2017, she revealed that Fidelity has partnered with blockchain startup Axoni, investment firm Boost VC, and MIT, UCL, and Cornell Universities, among others.

As one of the world's largest asset management companies, Fidelity's revenue in 2019 was as high as US$20.9 billion, and its assets under management reached trillions, which is comparable to companies such as Vanguard, Charles Schwab and BlackRock. For the past ten years, their business has been smooth sailing. Its privately held status may also be a factor in their investment in the risky asset, bitcoin. But they also point out that there will be a generational transfer of wealth over the next decade, with investors getting younger and savvier. Fidelity took this as a wake-up call to embrace rather than shy away from the new asset class Bitcoin. Unlike BlackRock's global chief investment strategist Richard Turnill, who lashed out at Bitcoin, Fidelity is welcoming the asset class with open arms.

One advantage big asset managers such as BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street have over Fidelity is their popular ETFs. Although Fidelity also has a number of star ETFs and mutual funds, and they have also become core portfolio investments in IRAs, brokerage accounts, and retirement accounts, if Fidelity can be the first to launch a retail-focused publicly traded bitcoin ETF, it is expected that its Asset size can be doubled several times. They already have the infrastructure, expertise, partners, and target market in place, and the only obstacle now is the SEC.


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