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BlackRock’s Rick Rieder Hints at Expanded Bitcoin Exposure

Shalini Nagarajan
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Asset manager BlackRock may boost its Bitcoin exposure in the future.

That’s according to Rick Rieder, head of global allocation at BlackRock, who is responsible for about $2.4t in assets at the investment firm.

In an upcoming episode of the Wall Street Journal’s Take On the Week podcast, Rieder mentioned that his funds at BlackRock currently hold a small amount of bitcoin. However, he indicated that this could shift based on changing public sentiments.

As the CIO of Global Fixed Income, Rieder manages various fixed income funds at BlackRock, such as the BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund, BlackRock Total Return Fund, and BlackRock Corporate High Yield Fund.

“Time will tell whether it’s gonna be a big part of the asset allocation framework,” he said. “I think over time, people become more and more comfortable with it.”

Bitcoin’s Evolution at BlackRock

BlackRock, one of the world’s largest asset managers, reported assets under management worth $9.1t as of Oct. 2023. This includes a wide range of assets such as equity, fixed income, multi-assets, and alternatives.

Larry Fink, BlackRock’s CEO, once criticized bitcoin as an “index of money laundering.” Nowadays, he lauds it as digital gold and crypto as a global asset.

The investment firm is among the entities that recently obtained approval for its spot Bitcoin ETF application.

Fink has said that BlackRock’s venture into the crypto aligns with the company’s goal of offering accessible and affordable investment options. The ETFs from BlackRock and Fidelity have gained considerable investor attention, amassing over $6b since their introduction on Jan. 10th.

Rieder Sees Increased Accessibility

Rieder told WSJ that with increased openness, there are now more avenues for individuals to become accustomed to owning, purchasing, selling, and liquidating Bitcoin.

“As you get more and more people that adopt it as an asset, we think the upside potential is real, which has been recognized recently,” he added.

Rieder has previously expressed his belief that Bitcoin could largely replace gold due to its greater functionality.