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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Reports Growing Worldwide Demand for Crypto

Larry Fink, the CEO of asset manager BlackRock, reported the increasing demand for cryptocurrencies among its global clientele.

Fink’s comments on Fox Business come amid a surge in interest and speculation surrounding the potential approval of BlackRock’s spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a report Tuesday (Oct. 17) by Coindesk.

While Fink refrained from discussing the application process for the bitcoin ETF, he did express his views on the recent rally in the crypto market. He attributed the surge to the pent-up interest in cryptocurrencies, stating, “We are hearing from clients around the world about the need for crypto.”

Fink suggested that the rally could be driven by a flight to quality amid ongoing global geopolitical tensions. He pointed to the Israeli war and the threat of global terrorism as factors contributing to the interest in cryptocurrencies as a safe haven.

BlackRock, along with several other major financial institutions, is awaiting the SEC’s decision on whether it will allow the issuance of a spot bitcoin ETF. This decision holds implications for the broader adoption of cryptocurrencies and could open the floodgates for institutional investors to enter the market.

Proponents argue that approval would provide a regulated and accessible avenue for investors to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies, thereby boosting market liquidity and stability. Critics are concerned about the potential risks and volatility associated with cryptocurrencies.

Fink’s acknowledgment of the demand for crypto among BlackRock’s clients underscores the increasing mainstream acceptance of digital assets.

In recent years, BlackRock has been gradually warming up to cryptocurrencies. The company has established a working group to explore potential opportunities in blockchain technology and has even begun investing in companies involved in the crypto space.

As the SEC continues to evaluate the merits of a spot bitcoin ETF, the decision will undoubtedly shape the future of cryptocurrencies. If approved, it could mark a major milestone in the mainstream adoption of digital assets, attracting a wave of institutional investors and potentially driving further market growth.