Grayscale, the world’s largest cryptoassets management company, released a report for Q1 2019. The company announced that it has $ 1.2 billion assets under management (AUM). And the report confirms that an increasing number of institutional investors are “entering cryptospace”.
Rally 2019 vs Rally 2017
Director of Sales and Business Development, Grayscale (director of sales and business development) Rayhaneh Sharif-Askary notes:
– We put out our Q1 investment report that discusses the kind of investors we’re seeing. We saw a few interesting themes. 2018 – we’re clearly in a bear market. You look at the last quarter of 2018 – institutions, specifically hedge funds – it was a negligible amount of influx. Q1 of 2019, we raised about $43 million.
The inflow of funds into trust management increased quarter-on-quarter by 42%, from $ 30.1 M to $ 42.7 M. A huge increase in hedge funds, 2,300%, in just a quarter, is striking: less than a million at the beggining, $ 24M by the end of Q1. For the year the amount was over $ 203 M.
Hedge funds began to prevail among the institutionalists – 56%. At the same time, the total institutional share of Grayscale is 73%. Madame Sharif-Askary is sure that hedge funds have been waiting for the right moment for a long time – and it is now the moment. Business lady notes:
– We are seeing an expansion of the investor base from family offices and wealthy individuals into more institutional investors who have been patient over the 2017 bull market and before, and are now taking a look at the world, and they see a world where there is value, where the infrastructure is in place for this to become a viable asset class.