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MVIS and Intelligence Unit Launch NRI/IU Crypto-Asset Index with Nomura Research Institute (NRI)

MV Index Solutions (MVIS), and Intelligence Unit (IU), a global provider of quantitative research and development for digital asset investment solutions, today announced a collaboration with Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, to jointly launch the NRI/IU Crypto-Asset Index for financial institutions. Utilising the crypto-asset index platforms provided by MVIS and CryptoCompare, the global leader in digital asset data, the investable index offers an investment solution for Japanese financial institutions as well as global investors.

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Frankfurt (29 January 2020) – MV Index Solutions (MVIS), and Intelligence Unit (IU), a global provider of quantitative research and development for digital asset investment solutions, today announced a collaboration with Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, to jointly launch the NRI/IU Crypto-Asset Index for financial institutions. Utilising the crypto-asset index platforms provided by MVIS and CryptoCompare, the global leader in digital asset data, the investable index offers an investment solution for Japanese financial institutions as well as global investors.

The NRI/IU Crypto-Asset Index is the first crypto-asset benchmark for institutional investors in Japan.  The index offers a reliable reference point for evaluating performance by providing benchmarks constructed with a clear and transparent methodology. Designed for Japanese institutional investors and crypto-asset exchanges by considering local availability, JPY and USD currency, custody solutions and official closing values in the local time zone (JST). The NRI/IU Crypto-Asset Index contains the crypto-assets listed in the table below.

Crypto-Asset Ticker
Bitcoin BTC
Bitcoin Cash BCH
Ethereum ETH
Litecoin LTC
XRP XRP

“We are pleased to launch this index for Intelligence Unit and the Nomura Research Institute,” said Thomas Kettner, Managing Director at MVIS. “We are happy to offer our services and deep expertise in digital assets indexing to the Japanese market.”

“Strong demand from institutional investors is contributing to the growth of crypto-asset funds, and well-diversified products like index funds are attractive as alternative investments. We will bridge the traditional financial world and the crypto-asset world by providing institutional grade crypto-asset benchmarks, further establishing the status of crypto-assets as alternative investments,” explained Akihiro Niimi, CEO of Intelligence Unit.

Charles Hayter, Co-Founder and CEO of CryptoCompare, commented: “As part of our collaboration with MVIS, we are excited to offer institutional investors in Japan the first crypto asset investible index.”

Key Index Features
Full Market Capitalisation (bn USD): 203.3
Number of Components: 5
Base Date/Base Value: 31 December 2015/100

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Nibha Ritter, MV Index Solutions
+49 (0)69 4056 695 22
media-enquiries@mvis-indices.com

CryptoCompare
press@cryptocompare.com

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About MV Index Solution – www.mvis-indices.com
MV Index Solutions (MVIS®) develops, monitors and licenses the MVIS Indices, a selection of focused, investable and diversified benchmark indices. The indices are especially designed to underlie financial products. MVIS Indices cover several asset classes, including equity, fixed income markets and digital assets and are licensed to serve as underlying indices for financial products. Approximately USD 15.18 billion in assets under management are currently invested in financial products based on MVIS Indices. MVIS is a VanEck company.

About Nomura Research Institute (NRI) – www.nri.com
Founded in 1965, NRI is a leading global provider of system solutions and consulting services, including management consulting, system integration, and IT management and solutions for financial, manufacturing, retail and service industries. Clients partner with NRI to expand businesses, design corporate structures and create new business strategies. NRI has about 13,000 employees in more than 50 offices globally including New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. NRI reports annual sales above $4.2 billion. For more information, visit www.nri.com/en

About Intelligence Unit LLC (IU)
Intelligence Unit LLC, was established in 2018 to provide a crypto-asset investment solution for Japanese and overseas investors. IU has developed a crypto exchange database together with CryptoCompare, the digital asset data provider. In 2019, IU and MV Index Solutions GmbH collaborated to establish the quantitative analysis method that enabled the development of the crypto-asset index for Japanese and overseas investors. IU Asset Management Co., Ltd. (a group company of IU) is the first Japanese management company specialising in crypto-assets, and aims to create crypto-asset index funds and index derivative products.

About CryptoCompare
CryptoCompare is the global leader in digital asset data. Institutional and retail investors rely on the company for real-time, high quality data spanning 3,200+ coins and 150,000+ currency pairs. By aggregating and analysing tick data from globally recognised exchanges and seamlessly integrating multiple datasets, CryptoCompare provides a comprehensive, granular overview of the market across trade, order book, historical, social and blockchain data.  For more information, please visit https://data.cryptocompare.com

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Avalanche raises $230M following sale of >1500% returning AVAX

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This season of the crypto-market has highlighted altcoins and altcoin projects that have been striving to bridge the gaps existing in the industry. Avalanche is one such project, with the same in the news today after it raised $230 million from the sale of its cryptocurrency, AVAX.

According to the foundation behind the blockchain, Avalanche received this sum of investment through a private sale to a group led by Polychain and Three Arrows Capital.

Reportedly, R/Crypto Fund, Dragonfly, CMS Holdings, Collab+Currency, Lvna Capital, and a group of angel investors and family offices also participated in the investment round. The token sale was completed in June and the objectives of the foundation were to support and accelerate the growth of decentralized finance [DeFi], enterprise application, and other use cases on the Avalanche public blockchain.

Its token AVAX has recorded tremendous growth, despite the market trend being increasingly bearish. The asset, at press time, was returning 1,589% to investors year-to-date after it rallied to $63.62. AVAX also registered a strong surge of almost 30% in one 24-hour window, a consequence of the latest updates to the ecosystem.

Another reason why the blockchain surged higher was the onboarding of several blue-chip DeFi projects like Aave, Curve, and SushiSwap. On Wednesday, Avalanche Foundation asked for ‘signaling’ from the Aave community to accept a deployment of the Aave protocol into Avalanche.

Aave ecosystem could leverage Avalanche’s blockchain due to scalability, high throughput, and near-instant finality. According to the blog,

“Through the Avalanche Rush program, the Avalanche foundation has allocated up to $20M AVAX for users of the Aave protocol over a three-month period to earn AVAX rewards while using Aave on Avalanche for the first phase of the program. This program will bring new users to the platform, and reach more users from the established Avalanche community.”

It added,

“Having the Aave community embrace deployment on established chains like Avalanche will allow more users to access Aave’s offerings across the DeFi ecosystem.”

With competition between layer one protocols heating up, Avalanche has been trying to secure a top position. According to Emin Gün Sirer, Director at the Avalanche Foundation, there is “still so much potential yet to be tapped at the intersection of institutional and decentralized finance on Avalanche.”

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Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital Secures $100M For Algorand Fund, Files For Crypto ETF

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Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital Secures $100M For Algorand Fund, Files For Crypto ETF

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The number of cryptocurrency-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs) applications in the U.S. has been growing as several asset management companies have shown interest in offering their clients exposure to cryptocurrencies via regulated exchanges.

In an SEC filing on September 14, SkyBridge Capital became the latest to apply for a crypto-focused ETF – the First Trust SkyBridge Crypto Industry and Digital Economy ETF. According to the filing, if approved, the ETF will invest about 80% of its assets in companies representing the crypto-industry. This also means that the ETF will not have direct exposure to cryptocurrencies.

More recently, Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of the firm and former Whitehouse Communications Director, revealed that the investment firm now had over $700 million in crypto investments and intends to increase its positions in the market even further.

He stated this during an interview with CNBC Television yesterday in the aftermath of the ongoing SALT Conference New York 2021. During the interview, Scaramucci revealed that the firm was starting an Algorand fund that will be capped at $250 million and had already raised over $100 million.

Remarkably, the firm first added Bitcoin to its portfolio last and in July revealed that Bitcoin was the largest contributor to gains this year at the firm according to a Financial Times report. The firm has previously filed applications for both Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs.

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Another notable cryptocurrency ETF development was the report that Fidelity Digital Assets met with SEC officials privately to push for the approval of their proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund and argued the cryptocurrency market is now big enough to support it.

According to a Business Insider report, in the meeting, the firm cited an in-house survey that showed that bitcoin exchange-traded products held massive appeal to US institutions. They also argued that institutions had a strong interest in digital assets, and a significant number of institutional investors already hold cryptocurrencies. 

This argument has been made by other companies but has so far not swayed the SEC. The crypto-industry has been applying for cryptocurrency-focused ETFs for around eight years with the first being from Bitcoin billionaires, the Winklevoss brothers. Since then the SEC has been denying the application.

In 2021, there are more than 20 companies that have filed for crypto-focused ETFs with the SEC. Some include Galaxy Digital, VanEck, and Valkyrie Investments, all notable investment managers.

The SEC is yet to approve any of the applications. Gary Gensler, the SEC chair has stated that the commission is being cautious with the industry so as to be able to protect consumers maximally. However, there are speculations that approval may arrive before the end of this year. Just last month, Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart – Bloomberg’s in-house ETF analysts – on Tuesday published an investor note that speculated that a Bitcoin ETF approval may likely arrive in October.

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Shiba Inu Token Is Up 25% Following Coinbase Listing

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