Fidelity Reveals Growing Interest in Cryptocurrencies Among Pension Funds

by BSC News

May 3, 2024


Pension funds are more cautious due to their complex decision-making structures and regulatory requirements than smaller investors like family offices.

Fidelity, a leading financial services company, has reported a nascent but growing interest among pension funds in cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin. This trend has gained momentum following the approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) earlier this year, according to a May 3 report from DL News


During an event in London, Manuel Nordeste, Vice President at Fidelity Digital Assets, highlighted that defined benefit plans and other pension funds are in the preliminary stages of exploring crypto assets. They are now starting to engage their investment committees in discussions about the potential inclusion of cryptocurrencies in their portfolios. 


Since retirement funds usually adhere to conservative investment strategies due to their obligations to retirees, this cautious interest is significant.

Comparison with Other Investors

The movement of pension funds into crypto assets contrasts starkly with the behavior of more agile investors. Family offices and high-net-worth individuals have been quicker to adopt cryptocurrencies, driven by less restrictive investment mandates and the ability to take on higher risks. 


According to Nordeste, while smaller entities have the flexibility to quickly adapt and incorporate crypto assets, large pension funds face a longer process due to their complex decision-making structures and the need to meet specific regulatory requirements.


Fidelity Digital Assets, established in 2018, initially saw interest from family offices, small specialized asset managers, and eventually, large hedge funds. As per reports, various investor types are gradually showing increasing interest in digital assets, indicating a broader acceptance across the financial community. 

Market Impact and Legislative Influence

Fidelity's research indicates that while 80% of high-net-worth individuals view digital assets positively, only 23% of pension plans do so. Yet, the potential market impact of U.S. pension funds, which control over $4 trillion in capital, entering the crypto market could be transformative. Even minor allocations toward Bitcoin could drive significant capital inflows. 


It is also worth noting that BlackRock also mentioned on May 2 that it was having educational conversations with pension funds about Bitcoin ETFs. There are recent 13F filings that show some major pension consultants have already purchased spot Bitcoin ETFs.


Further, legislative initiatives, such as the ones in Arizona encouraging state pension plans to monitor and possibly include Bitcoin ETFs in their portfolios, pave the way for institutional adoption of Bitcoin.


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