Part of a police retirement fund in Fairfax County Virginia is to be invested in the cryptocurrency industry as part of a plan to allocate money towards safe investments.
The allocation of retirement funds will be invested through Morgan Creek who will use the fund to invest in companies such as Coinbase and Bakkt, among others. Morgan Creek, which invests in blockchain companies, is to use USD 40 million from the two Fairfax county pension plans and other institutions.
The Virginia retirement system has invested USD 21 million into the fund with USD 10 million coming from the county’s employee’s retirement fund (0.3% of total assets) and USD 11 million from a police retirement fund (0.8% of total assets). This meant just under 1% of total assets were dedicated to cryptocurrency ventures. In the opinions of Fairfax County officials though, the funds are seen as a safe bet for retirees:
“ALL INVESTMENTS INVOLVE RISK AND THIS INVESTMENT IS NO DIFFERENT. HOWEVER, AS THEY WOULD DO WITH ANY INVESTMENT, FAIRFAX’S INVESTMENT TEAM DETERMINED THAT THE EXPECTED RETURNS FROM THIS INVESTMENT WERE IN LINE WITH THE LEVEL OF RISK INCURRED. THIS ALSO PLAYED A BIG PART IN HOW MUCH WAS INVESTED.”
Morgan Creek has convinced Fairfax county to invest up to 15% of retirement funds into cryptocurrency projects although Fairfax County Retirement Systems Director Jeff Weiler has said that “no more than 15% of the funds will be invested in actual cryptocurrencies and, to-date, the Fund has no exposure to any cryptocurrencies”.
Morgan Creek’s Anthony Pompliano believes Bitcoin could still go below USD 3,000 although he points out that a recovery to USD 5,000 would result in a USD 5 million investment in Bitcoin returning a USD 1.9 million profit.