Fidelity Investments is growing its digital assets team to expand its cryptocurrency-related products in response to the increasing interest from financial advisors, family offices, and other institutional investors. Tom Jessop, president of Fidelity Digital Assets, said in an interview that the company is planning to increase its employee headcount by up to 70% by the end of the year. Fidelity’s digital asset arm that provides institutional services including trade execution and custody is also exploring the possibility of offering yield funds and other products that may involve stablecoins or DeFi tokens, said the managing director, Peter Jubber.
“All of these are candidates for us as we begin this exploration.” “Could they result in actual products? Early days.”
Fidelity also published a survey this week that showed that in the US, 79% of family offices have a neutral, positive view of digital assets. The survey of 1,100 professionals was conducted between early December and early April. It further showed that factors such as fear of inflation due to financial stimulus was a catalyst for many investors to enter the crypto market.
“A catalyst for a lot of industries was the start of the pandemic.” “Our clients said the factor to get them off the fence were the macro economic issues in the pandemic.”
For the first time, Fidelity surveyed Asian investors and found them to be the most accepting of digital assets, with more than 70% of those surveyed currently invested in them. Investors are particularly looking for institutional investment products to hold digital assets. More than 60% of U.S. investors express a neutral to positive view about a potential Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Fidelity itself has filed an application with the SEC for a Bitcoin ETF.