August 28 – September 3, 2019 | Andreessen Horowitz, Bitcoin During Currency Turmoil & More Crypto News

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

Andreessen Horowitz Hosts “Unusual” Meeting With US Regulators

September 1 – Andreessen Horowitz, a VC firm known for its early investments in Facebook, recently stood up for cryptocurrencies in front of government officials in Washington. Back in May, the firm hosted an event which included officials from the Department of Treasury, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other cryptocurrency-related companies from the company’s portfolio. According to the Wall Street Journal, an assembly including this high number of federal government agencies is “unusual”, granted that these agencies rarely meet in both private or public conferences. While government agencies expressed caution at the event, Andreessen Horowitz made an effort to challenge misunderstandings and educate regulators who oversee the crypto sector in the United States.

Read the full article from the Wall Street Journal here.

Ex-Goldman Sachs Executive Suggests Investors Buy Bitcoin During Currency Turmoil

September 1 – According to Raoul Pal, an economist and the former head of hedge fund sales for Goldman Sachs, bitcoin could be a worthwhile hedge and notable candidate for future financial systems that are not fiat-based. Through a series of Twitter posts and charts, Pal expressed caution that the Fed Trade Weighted Dollar Index breaking higher “could mean something big” is on the horizon. Pal also charted EU banks, suggesting that a “breakdown” could coincide with the dollar’s upwards move. He also suggests that 2-year bond yields could fall potentially as low as -4% in the US. “Frankly, I don’t care what the snarks think. This is a reality. Maybe it is THE reality. Bonds. Dollars. Gold. Bitcoin”.

Read the full Twitter thread here.

Read the full article from News BTC here.

56% of the World’s Top 50 Universities Have Crypto or Blockchain Classes

August 28 – According to a study conducted by the cryptocurrency exchange and custody provider Coinbase, around 56% of the top 50 universities around the world are currently offering crypto and blockchain courses. Back in 2018, Coinbase found that just 42% were offering such courses. The growth in courses offered also coincided with an increase in student interest. Student clubs were a major driver, as 41 of the 50 universities had student clubs relating to crypto or blockchain. Interestingly, most crypto and blockchain courses did not fall under the label of computer science, but rather finance, economics, law and engineering.

Read the full article from Coindesk here.

Almost 10% of India’s High-Net Worth Individuals Want to Increase Allocation to Cryptocurrencies

August 31 – India’s high-net worth individuals are looking to increase their allocation to cryptocurrencies as there are growing concerns about an economic slowdown that could come soon to the country. According to reports from Quartz, around 36% of high-net worth individuals in India are pessimistic about the economy over the next three years. Wealthy investors are looking to allocate to more risk-off assets, such as real estate and art. Around 9% of high-net worth individuals in India are looking to increase allocations to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or ether; however, nearly half of the respondents said they didn’t know enough about cryptocurrencies to say. Cryptocurrencies ranked fourth in the list of top asset classes to grow in the next three years during a potential economic slowdown. The data was sourced from the Hurun Report, which is a research, media and investments business famous for its wealthy individuals lists.

Read the full article from The Block Crypto here.

Bakkt’s Physically Settled Bitcoin Futures Prepare to Launch September 23, 2019

August 28 – Bakkt, a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), recently announced through Twitter that its warehouse will begin to store bitcoin on behalf of its clients on September 6, paving the way for its physically settled daily and monthly bitcoin futures to launch on September 23. While the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and CME group had already launched bitcoin futures in the past, the contracts were settled in cash and not physical bitcoin. The movement of real bitcoin between institutional players could help spur demand for bitcoin after the contracts launch on Bakkt’s platform. “Bakkt could be a huge catalyst for institutional participation in the crypto market,” said Fundstrat’s quant strategist Sam Doctor.

Read the full article from CCN here.

3iQ Bitcoin Trust (Class A) : NAV as at August 30, 2019

Underlying cryptoasset prices sourced from Bloomberg.

3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund (Class A): NAV as at August 30, 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.

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