Alternative Links: Coinbase Comes to Chicago

But the proportion of endowment money in alternative strategies such as hedge funds has jumped dramatically, from 20 percent in 2002 to 52 percent in 2017, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

The University of Tennessee invests in Cayman Islands funds, lobbied for secrecy law – (Commercial Appeal)


Coinbase is already one of the largest digital currency exchanges around the world. Coinbase’s Chicago office will serve as a central hub for some back-office technology behind the company’s products, said Paul Bauerschmidt, a former CME executive, who is leading the Chicago office.

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase opens Chicago office in bid to attract investors, local talent – (Chicago Tribune)


Alternatives are typically about 10% of institutional investors’ portfolios, and getting individual clients to that level has an additional challenge: finding the technology to capture data about non-traded alts.

More advisers use alts, but few understand them – (Investment News)


In a much-anticipated overhaul, the Federal Reserve and other regulators are planning to drop an assumption written into the original rule that positions held by banks for less than 60 days are speculative — and therefore banned, the people said.

Volcker Rule Rewrite to Drop Trading Burden on Banks, Sources Say – (Bloomberg)


Bitcoin specialist Coinbase, which manages more than $20 billion in cryptocurrency assets, has announced its entry into the data center business as part of a suite of services for institutional investors.

Coinbase Plans Low-Latency Colocation for Bitcoin Trading – (Data Center Frontier)


Nearly 70 per cent of high-net-worth and professional investors said they were interested in putting money into fintech opportunities, while 67 per cent said they were keen to see software and technology deals.

Fintech is now the most popular sector among high-net-worth investors – (CityAM)


The new indices will be overseen by the Bitcoin Oversight Committee formed by CME Group, Crypto Facilities and other industry participants, according to the release. This “oversight committee will regularly review the methodology, practices and standards to protect the integrity of the reference rates.”

CME Group Partners to Launch Ether Reference Rate Index – (Coindesk)

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