Fed Holds Rates, Hints at Cuts: Bitcoin Soars as BlackRock Enters ‘$5 Trillion Market by 2030

The price of Bitcoin has recently rallied to add more than $100 billion to its market capitalization after the Federal Reserve decided to maintain interest rates, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell suggested up to three rate cuts could be seen this year.

However, even before the Fed’s announcement triggered a BTC price surge, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, quietly revealed the next step in its crypto strategy – a move analysts at Citi predict could create a “$5 trillion market by 2030,” according to Forbes.

The world’s asset manager launched a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) earlier this year that has seen significant inflows, and now launched its first tokenized fund on the Ethereum blockchain, the BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund (BUIDL).

The fund is meant to offer qualified investors the opportunity to earn yield on the U.S. dollar through its investment in cash, U.S. Treasury bills, and repurchase agreements meant to offer a low-risk strategy. The fund is designed to maintain its value at $1 per token, and to automatically distribute dividends to investors’ wallets.

The fund relies on the tokenization of its shares, which refers to the launch of traditional assets on a public blockchain through the use of tokens, allowing for several advantages including greater transparency, instantaneous settlement, and continuous transferability.

The fund’s wallet received over $100,000 worth of memecoins shortly after it as identified on-chain, showing the excitement of the cryptocurrency community when it comes to the entrance of large institutional players.

The BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund (BUIDL) wallet on Ethereum is already filled with memecoins pic.twitter.com/nHdTOHVfDz

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BlackRock’s IBIT spot bitcoin ETF has notably seen explosive growth, reaching $15.5 billion in assets under management within just three months, making it one of the fastest-growing ETFs ever launched.

The fund’s launch m months after CoinShares Chief Strategy Officer, Meltem Demirors, noted that at least eight financial behemoths, which include BlackRock, Fidelity, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, Invesco, and Bank of America were “actively working to provide access to Bitcoin and more.”

These giants collectively manage over $27 trillion in assets, with a miniscule fragment of this gargantuan sum anticipated to be channeled into cryptocurrency investments.

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