Goldman Sachs Plans On Joining The Blockchain Revolution
While blockchain-powered monetary systems are considered extremely volatile by the majority of traditional investing firms and banking professionals, some of them might have found their way onto the scene. Take Goldman Sachs for an example.
Goldman Sachs carries an interesting log of achievements throughout its history in the banking and venture capital fields respectively.
Being an American “Bulge Bracket” investment bank and financial services company, GS managed to get involved with major Wall Street banks, governmental agencies and Academic Institutions, as well as large industrial corporations, establishing a series of long-term relationships with their partners, clients and associates.
Goldman Sachs is considered a primary dealer in the United States Treasury market, and it is one of the few banks that suffered but endured the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008, receiving a $10 billion investment from the United States Department of the Treasury as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Ten years later, Goldman Sachs is again on the main scene of the global economy, this time taking its chances by investing in the disrupting high-tech sector and specifically in distributed ledger technologies, commonly known as blockchain.
Goldman reported last week that they would soon open a trading desk for bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts after a series of requests generated by the bank’s clients and partners.
At the same time, the Goldman-backed Circle company recently purchased cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex and it is planning to transform it into a leading exchange.
Most of these banks have heard about the numbers or seen the numbers that companies like Coinbase and Binance are putting up. There’s a real risk that some of those companies could overtake some of Wall Street’s biggest banks if they don’t get in the market.
…says Spencer Bogard, a Goldman Sachs partner at Blockchain Capital, who thinks that although it is an important step towards the legislation of cryptocurrencies and/or other token-based systems, it might cause further confusion as we still can’t say with absolute accuracy which token is actually legit and which is not.
Rana Yared, an executive officer responsible for creating the “silk road” between the GS customers and cryptocurrencies as an investable asset class, quotes that “Bitcoin is not a fraud” as previously described by various other Wall Street major bankers, including Jamie Dimon from JP Morgan, as well as important figures in the scene such as Waren Buffet and Bill Gates.
Whether Goldman’s adoption is a move towards mass adoption of this innovative technology or just a short-term opportunity to make fast profit for the major banking institution, we can say with greater certainty that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are here to stay.
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