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Wealth managers and VCs are helping drive institutional crypto adoption — Wave Financial execs

Two executives at Wave Financial, an asset management firm providing bespoke strategies to high-net-worth individuals and entities, have reported seeing increased institutional demand for crypto products amid the bear market.

Speaking to Cointelegraph at the Blockchain Futurist Conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Wave Financial’s head of business development Mike Jones said institutional investment in crypto could be driven by the high end of wealth management firms, including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, looking for ways to allow their clients to get exposure to the space. Jones cited the example of BlackRock partnering with Coinbase on Aug. 4, a move that will give users of the asset manager’s institutional investment management platform Aladdin access to crypto trading, custody, prime brokerage and reporting capabilities.

In addition to wealth managers, the Wave exec said venture capital may see “a lot of growth” in part due to demand for innovative investment vehicles. Wave Financial’s investment and venture principal Gerard Berile added that VCs giving clients exposure to crypto without going through centralized exchanges and still dealing in large-scale volume has been a “net positive for the industry as a whole.”

“On the venture side of the house, the bear market has been somewhat of a positive thing,” said Berile. “Over the past year, year and a half, we’ve seen valuations of a lot of different companies get incredibly high — a bit frothy, you could say. In the past six months or so, we’ve seen valuations on companies come down to a bit more realistic valuations, and it’s become a great time to begin allocating capital.”

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“What’s encouraging from a market perspective in general is that you think about the last cycle — a few years ago, a lot of the chatter that was surrounding the ecosystem then was: ‘Is this the end of crypto? Is crypto dead?’” said Jones. “From an institutional adoption standpoint and an institutional demand standpoint, the…

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