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Bank of Russia to ban mutual funds from investing in Bitcoin

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The Russian central financial institution continues its strict insurance policies relating to the cryptocurrency {industry}, now formally banning mutual funds from investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC).

On Dec. 13, the Financial institution of Russia published an official assertion on regulating funding alternatives by mutual funding funds.

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Regardless of increasing the variety of belongings obtainable for funding by mutual funds, the doc prohibits fund managers from shopping for cryptocurrencies in addition to “monetary devices whose worth is dependent upon costs of digital belongings.”

The assertion emphasizes that mutual funds will not be allowed to supply crypto publicity each to both certified or unqualified traders.

The Financial institution of Russia beforehand really useful asset managers to exclude cryptocurrencies from exposure in mutual funds in July 2021. In keeping with a report by native information company RBC, there have been no Russian mutual funds with crypto publicity regardless of there having been no formal ban till now.

Artem Deev, head of the analytics division on the brokerage agency AMarkets, reportedly mentioned that Russia has just one industry-related exchange-traded fund (ETF) thus far. In keeping with Deev, the fund is managed by the joint-stock administration firm “BrokerCreditService” and invests in firms targeted on decentralized knowledge storage and blockchain, together with companies like Jack Dorsey’s Block, PayPal and Broadcom.

Russia’s largest financial institution, Sber, is reportedly additionally planning to launch a blockchain-focused ETF, Sber’s asset administration head Vasily Illarionov mentioned. The ETF will probably be referred to as “Blockchain Economic system” and can spend money on shares associated to blockchain adoption. Illarionov famous that the fund doesn’t fall underneath the restrictions of the Financial institution of Russia and might be provided to retail traders.

Associated: Russia’s largest bank struggles to register its digital asset platform

As beforehand reported, the Financial institution of Russia has taken a tough stance on cryptocurrencies and has barred some big banks from offering crypto funding providers. The regulator argued that such providers don’t “meet the pursuits of traders and bear nice dangers.”