BlackRock to Boost Crypto Access Points through Partnership with Coinbase

Brian Njuguna  Aug 05, 2022 11:50  UTC 03:50

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BlackRock, the globe’s largest asset manager, has teamed up with crypto exchange Coinbase to provide institutional investors with new crypto access points.

Through the strategic partnership, BlackRock’s Aladdin will be connected with Coinbase Prime to provide institutional investors with direct and seamless access to crypto, beginning with Bitcoin (BTC).

Joseph Chalom, the global head of strategic ecosystem partnerships at BlackRock, pointed out:

“Our institutional clients are increasingly interested in gaining exposure to digital asset markets and are focused on how to efficiently manage the operational lifecycle of these assets.”

With assets under management clocking $10 trillion by the end of last year, BlackRock  has emerged as a significant global player to the extent that it has been dubbed the “fourth branch of government.”

Therefore, Aladdin, the end-to-end investment management platform of BlackRock, seeks to boost crypto adoption among institutional investors. Chalom added:

“This connectivity with Aladdin will allow clients to manage their bitcoin exposures directly in their existing portfolio management and trading workflows for a whole portfolio view of risk across asset classes.”

Coinbase prime is the institutional prime broker arm of crypto exchange Coinbase, and it integrates prime financing, advanced agency trading, staking infrastructure, and reporting needed for the entire transaction lifecycle. Supporting more than 13,000 institutional clients, Coinbase Prime will render crypto trading, prime brokerage, reporting capabilities, and custody through the deal. 

As institutional crypto adoption continues to tick, the BlackRock-Coinbase partnership seeks to be a stepping stone toward developing new access points. 

A recent study by the leading investment bank Goldman Sachs showed that 51% of its institutional clients had crypto exposure.

The findings revealed that institutional interest in cryptocurrencies was witnessing strong growth because crypto exposure rose from 40% in 2021 to 51% in 2022, Blockchain.News reported.

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