American investment bank Morgan Stanley plans to allow a dozen of its funds to invest in BTC via cash-settled futures and the Grayscale BTC Trust (GBTC), according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission published yesterday.
“Certain Funds may have exposure to BTC indirectly through cash settled futures or indirectly through investments in Grayscale BTC Trust (BTC) (“GBTC”), a privately offered investment vehicle that invests in BTC,” said the filing.
The bank also noted that investments in BTC, be it via futures or GBTC, will be organized through its wholly-owned subsidiary—“an exempted company under the laws of the Cayman Islands.”
In its filing, Morgan Stanley listed 12 funds that it plans to expose to BTC, including Advantage Portfolio, Asia Opportunity Portfolio, Counterpoint Global Portfolio, Developing Opportunity Portfolio, Global Advantage Portfolio, Global Opportunity Portfolio, and others.
Assessing the risks
At the same time, the bank also highlighted BTC’s notorious volatility and pointed out that exposure to crypto might present some serious risks.
“The value of a Fund’s investments in cryptocurrency is subject to fluctuations in the value of the cryptocurrency, which have been and may in the future be highly volatile,” the document stressed, adding, “The price of BTC could drop precipitously (including to zero) for a variety of reasons.”
Further, there is also a chance that funds exposed to BTC could suffer “substantial losses,” the bank explained. Therefore, only clients and companies with a considerable net worth will be allowed to access the new offerings thanks to their “aggressive risk tolerance.”
Thus, only clients that have at least $2 million in assets held by Morgan Stanley will be able to get exposure to BTC. For investment companies, the minimum requirement will amount to $5 million.
A report has also recently suggested that Morgan Stanley is currently in talks to acquire a stake in the top South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb. The bank is reportedly considering investing between 300 billion and 500 billion Korean won ($254 million and $441 million, respectively).
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