The third quarter of the year marked the highest demand for the company’s offerings since its establishment, resulting in $254.9 million of inflows. The figure shows a threefold quarter-on-quarter increase, from $84.8 million last quarter.

Digital asset management giant Grayscale registered over $254 million in total investment into its products in the third quarter of 2019.

In its Digital Asset Investment Report for Q3 2019, Grayscale provided details on the inflows into its products for the period from July 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2019.

The quarterly inflows into Grayscale Bitcoin Trust amounted to $171.1 million, wherein July was the month with the highest level of inflows during Q3. As reported in July, Grayscale Bitcoin trust outperformed indices in the first half of 2019, up almost 300% on the year at the time.

Domination of institutional investors

Institutional investors were the major contributors to the company’s products both in Q3 and year-to-date, with 84% and 83% respectively. Worth noting, total investments into Grayscale products from Jan. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2019 amounted to $382.3 million, while the figure over the past 12 months is $412.3 million.

Previously, Grayscale’s director of sales and business development Rayhaneh Sharif-Askary stated that institutional investors are constantly piling into the space in 2019. Sharif-Askary said:

“You know, it’s really funny, I get asked this a lot – there’s this rhetoric in the media about when are institutional investors going to get involved, when are they going to start investing, and it’s so funny because it’s ironic. We see institutional investors invest with us all the time and that’s been the case for a long time now.”

Ahead of conquering the market

On Oct. 14, Grayscale Investments was approved by the United States Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to publicly quote its Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund on over-the-counter markets. This purportedly enables the first publicly quoted security based on a selection of digital currencies in the U.S.

In August, Cointelegraph reported that Grayscale was going to move almost $3 billion worth of its digital currency holdings to American major crypto wallet provider and exchange Coinbase. Coinbase Custody would then serve as custodian of the underlying assets for the company’s products.

Germany’s Largest Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Blockchain Network

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has joined JPMorgan’s blockchain-based network, the Interbank Information Network (IIN).

Two years in operation

Launched as a pilot in 2017, the JPMorgan-led blockchain initiative now has a network of 320 banks that have entered the platform to swap global payments data using the Ethereum network, the Financial Times reported on Sept. 15.

Takis Georgakopoulos, head of payments at JPMorgan, expressed hope that Deutsche Bank will be the first of several other large banks to join IIN. According to the report, Deutsche Bank is the world’s biggest clearer of euro-denominated payments.

IIN will enable Deutsche Bank to offer better client services, according to the bank’s global head of cash management Ole Matthiessen. Matthiessen, who occupied the position in March 2019, explained that the bank expects IIN to reduce the cost of processing difficult payments.

400-member target by year’s end

The IIN network is based on the JPMorgan-developed Quorum platform and intends to tackle the major challenges of sharing information between banks and speed up transactions to recipients. Quorum is based on the Ethereum blockchain, which was recently reported by co-founder Vitalik Buterin to be almost full as it is the most popular public blockchain network for decentralized apps.

According to Georgakopoulos, JPMorgan aims to reach 400 agreements with banks by the end of 2019 and is also expecting to announce other large banks in the near future.

As reported in June, JPMorgan is expecting to pilot its own cryptocurrency JPM Coin by the end of 2019. Recently, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon supported the much-discussed crypto project Libra, claiming that the stablecoin does not pose a threat to banks in the short term. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank is one of the 26 global central banks that will meet with Libra founders to discuss its purported financial stability risks tomorrow in Switzerland.

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