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World’s largest sovereign wealth fund indirectly holds almost 600 Bitcoin

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The Norwegian Government Pension Fund, also known as the Oil Fund, has over $1 trillion in assets, including 1.4% of all global stocks and shares. It is considered the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. According to Arcane Research’s report on Sept. 19, the fund also owns almost 600 Bitcoin (BTC) through its investment holdings.

Arcane Research analysis data shows that the Norwegian oil fund has 577.6 BTC through its investment in business intelligence firm MicroStrategy. This puts the company’s portfolio in BTC at around $6.3 million. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund has a 1.51% stake in MicroStrategy.

Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy founder, said in a recent tweet that the company owns 38,250 BTC.   

In addition, two other major investment advisory companies, BlackRock Fund Advisors and the Vanguard Group, have a 15.24% stake (5829.30 BTC) and a share of 11.72% (4482.90 BTC), respectively. Cointelegraph previously reported that BlackRock, as the biggest shareholder in MicroStrategy, indirectly holds BTC.

Source: Arcane Research

The Vanguard Group is an American investment advisor with about $6.2 trillion in global assets under management (AUM) as of January 31, 2020. It is the largest mutual funds provider and the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the world after BlackRock’s iShares. BlackRock Fund Advisors, on the other hand, has $7.3 trillion in AUM. 

MicroStrategy has made a lot of headlines in the past few days as it announced a bold plan to invest in Bitcoin. As the latest mainstream giant to enter the space, MicroStrategy first bought 21,454 BTC for $250 million in August and another 16,796 BTC for $175 million in September.





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Bitcoin sheds $2.5K amid warnings of a repeat BTC price dip

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Bitcoin (BTC) fell precipitously on June 25 after a rejection above $35,000 sparked a rout toward familiar support.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Bitcoin heads back towards $30,000

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked BTC/USD as it shed over $2,500 during trading on Friday.

The pair had hit local highs of $35,400 overnight before abruptly reversing trajectory to fall below $33,000.

For popular trader Crypto Ed, the situation was similar to events last month after BTC/USD first bounced at $30,000 support.

“Current, sluggish PA reminds me of a similar situation a few weeks ago….. I thought we did a 1-5 and started next cycle but after 1 more top, BTC made a deeper correction,” he commented on an accompanying chart.

“Thinking we might get the same here.”

BTC/USD scenario. Source: Crypto Ed/ Twitter

That would place Bitcoin in a position to rechallenge the $20,000 corridor which it briefly broke into several days ago.

As Cointelegraph reported, the mood among many traders remains skewed to the cautious side after BTC/USD failed to reach a $37,000 target before its latest rejection. The possibility of a new lower low is thus far from off the cards.

BTC buy interest remains

Signs of underlying confidence nonetheless remain.

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On Friday, it was again El Salvador and its Bitcoin law in the spotlight after president Nayib Bukele announced that every eligible citizen would receive $30 free in BTC for downloading its wallet.

Institutional bullishness meanwhile came in the form of the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, which continued to add to its assets under management throughout the price dip.

Meanwhile, altcoins were flat, with no single asset managing to break out of established trading zones.