The Hungarian-born American billionaire investor George Soros’ investment fund is actively trading bitcoin investment products, according to reports. Undisclosed sources reveal that bitcoin trading got the green light from the Soros Fund Management chief investment officer (CIO) Dawn Fitzpatrick.
Soros Fund Management Reportedly Has ‘Greenlight’ to Trade Bitcoin
At the end of March, Bitcoin.com News reported on George Soros’ investment fund and the company’s CIO Dawn Fitzpatrick. At the time, Fitzpatrick said that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are a “threat” to bitcoin (BTC), but she also said she doesn’t think CBDCs will “be successful in permanently destabilizing bitcoin.”
Now a report stemming from undisclosed sources speaking with the news publication website thestreet.com, says Fitzpatrick has allowed the Soros’ investment fund to trade bitcoin products.
The reporter, Michael Bodley, cites two sources that have said the CIO Dawn Fitzpatrick has given “the internal green-light to actively trade bitcoin.” According to Bodley’s report, the sources further noted that Soros Fund Management is also researching other types of digital currency investment vehicles.
Rumors about the billionaire’s Soros Fund Management — his family investment firm —investing in cryptocurrencies have been appearing since 2018. During the first week of April 2018, Bloomberg claimed Adam Fisher, an investor at Soros Fund Management, had allegedly received the approval to trade crypto assets.
Months before that rumor, George Soros discussed bitcoin and crypto assets at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Well,” Soros said at the event, “cryptocurrency is a misnomer, and it’s a typical bubble which is always based on some kind of misunderstanding.” Soros continued:
Bitcoin is not a currency. A currency is supposed to be a stable store of value. And a currency that can fluctuate twenty-five percent in a day can’t be used, for instance, to pay wages because wages could drop twenty-five percent in a day. So, it’s a speculation based on a misunderstanding.
We don’t know if the opinion Soros held of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies has changed, but in 2021 the public caught wind of Soros Fund Management joining New York Life and Morgan Stanley in investing in the bitcoin-focused investment company NYDIG.
Then the fund’s CIO Dawn Fitzpatrick spoke about BTC in a positive light and said the investment firm thinks that the crypto space “is at an inflection point.” Meanwhile, George Soros is a very controversial figure in the world and his background has made people distrust him.
When the news of Soros Fund Management reportedly trading bitcoin products hit the crypto forums, there were lots of conspiracy jokes littering the threads. “I don’t trust this guy, he’s a real-life super villain,” one person said on the subreddit forum r/bitcoin.
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