German institutional funds allowed up to 20% in crypto holdings

According to a new law coming into effect next week, some German investment funds will be able to hold up to 20% in digital assets. This comes amid growing demand from various institutions towards the industry.

As per a Bloomberg report from July 30th, Spezialfonds – German investment funds with fixed rules – will be able to allocate as much as 20% of their holdings in digital assets. Those funds reportedly manage around 1.8 trillion euros or $2.1 trillion and can only be accessed by local institutional investors like insurers or pension firms.

Tim Kreutzmann – an expert on cryptocurrencies at BVI, Germany’s fund industry body – pointed out that the majority of the funds would most likely prefer to start small at first:

“Most funds will initially stay below the 20% mark. On the one hand, institutional investors such as insurers have strict regulatory requirements for their investment strategies. And on the other hand, they must also want to invest in crypto.”

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