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Institutional Investors Remain Skeptical as Bitcoin Continues to Rise

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Bitcoin has continued to rally over the past month – hitting a record US$ 8,224 in the early hours of November 20 – and institutional investors are beginning to take notice of the cryptocurrency’s increasing popularity. With a market value of more than US$ 130 billion, the digital currency has seen unprecedented growth of over 700% over the past year. But Bitcoin’s rise has also been marked by a number of volatile slumps, leaving institutional investors divided over its durability as a long-term store of value and wondering whether to get in on the action. Despite these headwinds, more than 100 hedge funds have been formed to trade in digital currencies.

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PSP Investments Exits Antelliq

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On December 14th, Private equity firm BC Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and other minority co-investors have signed a definitive agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to sell Antelliq Corporation, a Vitré, France-based provider of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring solutions. Upon close, Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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JPMorgan Edges Out Hamilton Lane on Florida SBA In-State Mandate

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The Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) manages a plethora of Florida state funds, including the state’s defined benefit plans. Florida’s SBA awarded a private equity portfolio mandate which targets high-technology businesses in Florida to J.P. Morgan Asset Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BlackRock and Microsoft Eye Opportunities in Retirement Space

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By getting closer to the consumer via mobile apps, New York-based BlackRock Inc. is keen on gaining market share in the U.S. retail retirement market space. BlackRock had acquired FutureAdvisor, a technology platform, while making a large investment in Envestnet. BlackRock is now partnering with Microsoft Corporation to explore creating a retirement platform.

This partnership could be developing a new platform to analyze savings and investing habits – then offering app services as lead-generation services. According to a corporate news release, BlackRock plans to offer on the platform its “investment products that it will design and manage.”

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