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Crypto Stories of the Week: Institutional Crypto Adoption and the Love for NFTs

Cryptocurrency’s volatility in relation to traditional fiat currencies has always been a defining characteristic. It’s essential to recognize that cryptocurrencies operate on decentralized blockchains, meaning there’s no single controlling entity influencing their value. For “Hodlers” (long-term crypto holders), the current fiat value often takes a backseat, as they see promise in the technology’s potential. The adoption of cryptocurrencies and NFTs is still in its early stages, with exciting prospects on the horizon.

Professional Insights from Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo’s Global Strategy Team published a Special Report – Understanding Cryptocurrency, answering a question on the minds of many – Is it too early or too late to invest in cryptocurrency? Also highlighted were several ways in which to invest. What does this mean for investors? Wells Fargo says, “For now, we suggest the consideration of only professionally managed private placements.”  Sarson Funds has been one of the few professionally managed private placement digital asset investment groups available for accredited investors and RIAs, since 2018.

NYSE’s Entry into the NFT Space

The New York Stock Exchange – NYSE has filed a trademark application that highlights an online marketplace for NFTs, as well as some metaverse aspects such as “develop and design virtual retail stores, virtual stores, and virtual showrooms…” as noted in their provision. NYSE previously released NFTs with hints to do more in the space.  Only time will tell what the NYSE will do with the trademark.

Gucci’s Metaverse Expansion

We have seen Gucci enter the blockchain digital space earlier this year when their NFT collaboration with SUPERPLASTIC® called SuperGucci was released.  Now Gucci is taking it to the next level by buying land in the popular metaverse, The Sandbox. Their plan includes introducing fashion wearables for the Voxel Sandbox characters that represent players in the metaverse.

Bitfinex Hack Recovery

The U.S. Federal Justice Department announced that law enforcement had confiscated approximately 94,000 Bitcoins (BTC) from a married couple that was allegedly involved in the 2016 Bitfinex hack where over 120,000 were stolen.  Because Bitfinex is a subsidiary of iFinex, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, it is currently unknown if Bitfinex would receive the seized tokens.

Russia’s Positive Stance on Cryptocurrency

A win for cryptocurrency in yet another sovereign nation. The Russian government and its central bank have come to an agreement on how to regulate Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The sovereign nation plans to accept digital assets as a form of currency while treating it in a similar regulatory fashion as fiat foreign currencies. Cryptocurrency laws may be enacted as early as this year.  Considering current events in Russia, cryptocurrency adoption may prove to be an important step for future financing as fiat stability may become unreliable for some – depending on which side of the fence they find themselves. 

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By Ivan Dimov

Disclosures: Not investment advice. It should be assumed that Sarson Funds or its affiliated managers hold positions in all projects that are discussed. It is not possible to invest in any project directly through Sarson Funds, Inc. or its affiliated managers. Any investment product offered by managers affiliated with Sarson Funds should be assumed to be only available to Accredited Investors and subject to the individual terms and conditions of that offering including but not limited to those eligibility requirements associated with U.S. Securities Regulation D, section 506c. Talk with your financial advisor before making any investment decisions or have them contact Sarson Funds directly at


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