What Institutional Investors Really Think About Cryptocurrency

Presented by

Kim Grauer, Head of Research at Chainalysis

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Do cryptocurrencies offer real diversification benefits for institutional investors?” This is the question Michael Sonnenshein fields nearly every day in his conversations with family offices, hedge funds, and other institutions. In his role overseeing Grayscale, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, Michael has unique insights into what institutional investors are thinking and how an allocation to crypto can support their strategies. In this virtual “fireside chat,” Michael sits down with Kim Grauer, Head of Research at Chainalysis, to unpack the investment thesis behind digital currencies and discuss why cryptocurrency as an asset class might be having a moment this year. About Michael: Michael Sonnenshein is the Managing Director at Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager with more than $2.4 billion in assets under management its family of 10 products – all of which provide access and exposure to the digital currency asset class in the form of a traditional security without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping digital currencies directly. In this role, Michael oversees the daily operations and growth of the business and its assets under management. About Kim: Kim is the Head of Research at Chainalysis, where she examines trends in cryptocurrency economics and crime. She was trained in economics at the London School of Economics and in politics at Oxford University. Previously, she explored technological advancements in developing countries as an academic research associate at the London School of Economics, and was an economics researcher at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

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