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Good morning. Big money managers are stomping on digital assets and discovering ways to monetize investor interest, even as trading volumes and prices for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have plummeted.

FTSE 100-listed Abrdn this week became the latest investment house to take the plunge and buy a stake in regulated UK digital asset exchange Archax.

The stake will give the fund manager of £508 billion in assets a board seat. It represents a gamble that Archax’s technology will support how funds, stocks and other securities are traded in the future.

Abrdn’s investment, which has not been previously reported, comes as BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, has not only announced plans for a spot bitcoin trust for institutional investors, but has also agreed to link its Aladdin technology platform to Coinbase. crypto exchange.

The final step should clear the way for the 82,000 investment professionals who use Aladdin to provide clients with access to bitcoin.

Charles Schwab, the US brokerage and investment group, last week launched an exchange-traded fund that aims to give investors exposure to crypto without actually buying the currency. In the meantime, British asset manager Schroders bought a stake in digital asset manager Forteus in July.

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