February 11 – 17, 2019 | Bank Coins, Pension Funds in Crypto Venture Capital & More Crypto News

North iQ Weekly Newsletter is curated to provide insights on digital asset industry developments, market announcements, and performance analysis.

Consider the 3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund for This Year’s RRSP and TFSA

February 17 – Consider the 3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund for this year’s RRSP and TFSA. Contact your financial advisor or 3iQ at investors@3iQ.ca.

The RRSP contribution deadline for 2018 is right around the corner and we would like to remind you of the following deadlines and contribution limits:

  • RRSP contribution deadline for 2018: March 1st, 2019
  • RRSP maximum contribution for 2018: $26,230
  • RRSP maximum contribution for 2019: $26,500

Here are the contribution limits for TFSA’s to be aware of:

  • TFSA maximum contribution for 2019: $6,000
  • TFSA cumulative contribution limit: $63,500
3iQ Corp. also offers an automated service for individuals or institutions to complete the forms required to purchase the 3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund through its Exempt Market Dealer (EMD). Invest in the 3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund here.

JPMorgan Announces a Crypto Coin for Corporate Payments

February 14 – JPMorgan is now the first major US bank to announce its own crypto coin, dubbed the “JPM Coin”. The investment bank reportedly moves over $6 trillion USD worldwide every day for companies through its wholesale payments business. The wholesale payments business is expected to utilize the JPM Coin to help settle payments between clients. Unlike public cryptocurrencies, the JPM Coin is expected to be a private, internally-based token that can settle payments for clients faster and cheaper than existing legacy systems. The JPM Coin was crafted internally by engineers based at JPMorgan. It is expected that there will be no secondary market for the JPM Coin, meaning that retail investors cannot own the crypto token after it completes its trials which are expected to start in the coming months.

“Many of our clients move money in different ways and they’re looking for a more real-time way to move value around,” said Umar Farooq, the head of digital treasury services and blockchain at JPMorgan. “The applications are frankly quite endless; anything where you have a distributed ledger which involves corporations or institutions can use this.”

Read the full article here.

First US Pension Funds Delve Into Crypto Investing

February 12 – Anthony Pompliano, a famed crypto advocate and founder of Morgan Creek Digital, has announced that the company’s venture fund has received an investment from a major US pension fund. Reportedly, the investment marks the first time a US pension fund has ever taken the plunge into the cryptoasset universe. Two pension plans from Fairfax County, Virginia are set to be the “anchor investors” of a new $40 million USD venture capital fund. Other investors in the venture capital fund include a major insurance company, a university endowment, and a private foundation. Unlike crypto hedge funds, which may predominantly own major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, the fund will be structured as a venture capital fund, meaning that it will look to take stakes in crypto and blockchain-related projects instead. However, Pompliano noted that the venture fund will also hold a small percentage of its value in “liquid” cryptoassets, which could mean bitcoin or other publicly-tradeable cryptocurrencies.

Fairfax County Retirement Systems helps manage three defined benefit plans, and two of which are now investing in the Morgan Creek Digital fund. Katherine Molnar, the chief investment officer for one of the funds at Fairfax County, noted that cryptoassets and the blockchain are an “emerging opportunity” that offer an “attractive asymmetric return profile.”

“There’s a belief in the institutional world that if the industry will be around for a long time, it will be very valuable,’’ said Pompliano. “The smart money is not distracted by price but looks at the long-term trends, and believes they’re betting on innovation as a great way to deliver risk-mitigated returns.”

Read the full article here.

Crypto Detective Firm Chainalysis Raises $30 Million USD, Notes Potential Growth From Stablecoins

February 12 – Chainalysis, a major crypto and blockchain investigative firm that helps law enforcement track criminal uses of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has announced that it has raised a $30 million USD Series B round which was led by the firm, Accel. The investment round will help Chainalysis expand its operations, which include a Know Your Transaction product designed for financial institutions and cryptoasset exchanges to help vet their customers. Currently, the Know Your Transaction product helps over 100 financial institutions and cryptoaaset exchanges. According to Michael Gronager, the CEO of Chainalysis, law enforcement made up 90% of the company’s business last year, but now makes up around 40% as more corporate clients are beginning to get involved. The new funding round will also help Chainalysis open a London office, which is expected to serve as a hub for its research and development. Philippe Botteri, a partner at Accel, will also join the board of directors at Chainalysis.

Notably, Gronager said that he sees a big opportunity for helping “stablecoin” issuers vet their customers. Stablecoins are specific type of cryptocurrency that are typically backed at a 1:1 ratio with a major fiat currency, such as the US dollar. “Born out of the ashes of this was the stablecoin as another way to easily and safely create tokens. This ability to trade US dollars against crypto is very powerful,” said Gronager.

Read the full article here.

Coinsquare Acquires Decentralized Crypto Exchange StellarX

February 15 – The major Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare has recently acquired a decentralized crypto exchange StellarX. Coinsquare has announced that they are purchasing the entire exchange following the acquisition of the stellar-based wallet BlockEQ which was announced back in December 2018. BlockEQ is expected to be rebranded, and become the “anchor wallet” for the new StellarX platform in the future. StellarX is a decentralized crypto exchange, meaning that customers are the ones who retain sole ownership and custody of their cryptoassets, unlike other exchanges that essentially “hold” the keys to wallets and cryptoassets. StellarX would have no access to customers funds, and are reportedly charging no fees for moving cryptoasssets through their peer-to-peer and decentralized exchange. Notably, StellarX is one of few decentralized exchanges that offers funding directly from US-based bank accounts, as most require deposits of actual cryptocurrencies and other tokens to fund a wallet.

As part of the acquisition, the BlockEQ co-founder Megha Bambra will help lead the StellarX exchange going forward. Despite being entirely owned by Coinsquare, StellarX will also continue to operate under its own brand name. “We are deeply committed to ensuring that the cryptocurrency market thrives, and adoption is key”, said Cole Diamond, the CEO of Coinsquare. “Stellar is the fastest payment network in the world and we see enormous potential to create industry leading services on StellarX to further broader adoption”.

Read the full article here.

3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund: Price as at February 15, 2019

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Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

He was also Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments Canada and an integral part of the team that saw assets rise from $80 million to over $7.5 billion in assets under management during his tenure. He also held various positions with Guardian Trust Company, which listed the first Gold, Silver and Platinum Certificates on the Montreal Exchange.

Mr. Pye obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University.