Chainalysis has announced that it plans to add bitcoin to its balance sheet. The news came as a surprise to crypto investors as it is usually expected that a firm so deeply ingrained in the blockchain technology ecosystem would own some crypto. According to the blog post on its website, the firm had previously not owned any cryptocurrencies and this will be the first time Chainalysis is purchasing BTC.
Bitcoin has been purchased as an investment strategy by companies who are in and out of the blockchain space. The digital asset presents an alternative means of investment for people who want to have total control of their assets. With its recent purchase, Chainalysis joins the ranks of companies who are holding BTC for the long term, according to statements on the post.
Chainalysis Takes The Leap With Bitcoin
Chainalysis revealed in the post that it was buying bitcoin to put on its balance sheet. The company which is valued at $4.2 billion will put the purchased BTC in its corporate investment portfolio and intends to hold for the long term.
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The company provides valuable software analysis software that helps exchanges comply with regulations. Its software is also used to assess risk and identify illegal activities that are being carried out on the blockchain, helping law enforcement to track the perpetrators.
Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis, Michael Gronager, said, “Chainalysis is laser-focused on its commitment to building trust in cryptocurrency as a digital asset and we are thrilled to be adding bitcoin on our corporate investment portfolio.” Speaking on this being the first cryptocurrency purchase on the part of the firm, Gronager added, “This is Chainalysis’ first acquisition of cryptocurrency, and we will continue to pursue other digital assets as potential future investments.”
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Partnership With NYDIG
In order to purchase and custody the bitcoins, Chainalysis had expanded its partnership with bitcoin technology and financial services firm NYDIG. Both firms have been working together since they announced that Chainalysis would be NYDIG’s compliance technology partner in 2018. The BTC was purchased through the financial services firm and NYDIG will custody the digital assets on behalf of Chainalysis.
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“Our expanding partnership with Chainalysis is a mutually beneficial relationship. Chainalysis has long been building trust in the digital asset ecosystem, and this investment shows their belief that bitcoin is a sound investment for the future. We are happy that they trusted our platform to safeguard their assets.” – Nate Conrad, Head of Asset Management, NYDIG
The acquisition highlights Chainalysis’ long-standing faith in BTC as a long-term investment strategy. Bitcoin has been a profitable investment venture for companies that have invested in the digital asset in the past and Chainalysis stands to profit from the asset’s growth in the future.
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