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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Virginia county Fairfax commits $35M to Van Eck crypto lending fund

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Virginia county Fairfax has begun investing a portion of a $35 million allotment right into a cryptocurrency lending fund managed by international asset managers VanEck.

The agency announced that it had obtained an preliminary tranche of the funding dedication from Fairfax County, which is allocating funds from two retirement techniques into quite a lot of cryptocurrency-focused funding avenues.

Fairfax County had previously hinted at delving into the world of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) yield farming as a part of its progressive angle in direction of the cryptocurrency area. The county began investing a small portion of holdings from its Employees’ Retirement System and the Police Officers Retirement into varied cryptocurrency firms and ventures from 2018 onwards.

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As Fairfax continues to diversify its cryptocurrency funding technique, its foray into the world of DeFi has formally begun with its funding in VanEck’s New Finance Income Fund. The fund provides short-term lending preparations with cryptocurrency firms, platforms and companies.

According to the VanEck website, the fund lends out fiat foreign money and stablecoins to debtors within the cryptocurrency area. Targeting accredited buyers, the fund provides high-yield earnings publicity to cryptocurrencies and requires a $1 million preliminary funding. The funding supervisor touts ‘a simplified approach that alleviates the operational burden of direct digital assets lending.’

Fairfax County has slowly elevated its financing into the area, committing funds to seven cryptocurrency-focused allocations. One of those allocations seems to be to revenue from volatility within the area, with a hedge fund intending to leverage yield farming, foundation buying and selling and alternate arbitrage alternatives.

The County beforehand issued an replace on its investments into the cryptocurrency and blockchain area, with the Employees’ and Police Retirement Systems investing $10 million and $11 million respectively into Morgan Creek’s Blockchain Opportunities Fund.

The capital allotment from each funds is lower than 1% of their complete belongings below administration – because the county slowly gauges the funding potential within the various asset class.