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Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) Explores Bitcoin: What it Means for the Crypto Market

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  • GPIF is considering adding illiquid assets, such as Bitcoin and gold, to its portfolio as a means of diversification away from traditional financial instruments.
  • This exploration phase is cautious, focusing on gathering information before making any decisions on expanding the investment portfolio.

The largest pension fund in the world, the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, declared on March 19 that it intended to expand its investment options. According to Collin Wu, a popular Chinese journalist, GPIF has invested in illiquid assets like Bitcoin, gold, forests, etc., managing 225 trillion yen as of December 2023.

GPIF-anchored Approach: Diversification and Risk Mitigation in a Shifting Landscape

According to Bloomberg, the GPIF decision supports a larger trend toward portfolio diversification and risk reduction in times of global economic uncertainty. Traditionally, the fund has been based on domestic and foreign stocks, bonds, and alternative investments like infrastructure and real estate.

The GPIF exploration of unusual assets aims to understand their risk management and portfolio diversification benefits.

Specifically, the fund is keen on insights into basic asset knowledge, incorporation strategies by overseas pension funds, and real-world investment case studies.

What’s interesting is, strategic diversification initiatives have characterized GPIF’s recent history, most notably the selection of 56 active funds in North American, developed countries, and Japanese equities since fall 2022.

If it includes Bitcoin, this diversification could change GPIF operational and investing paradigms and set new benchmarks for institutional investors globally. You can view the ensuing YouTube video to learn more about this development.

Moving Cautiously

Despite this, GPIF’s declaration is more of a request for information than a commitment to grow their portfolio. What we discover and collect in this first stage will determine whether we research further or incorporate these new assets.

Of course, this cautious approach demonstrates GPIF’s dedication to making responsible investment decisions and its role as a custodian of large public pension assets.

However, institutional giants are taking an interest in Bitcoin. As previously reported by ETHNews, Bitwise highlighted assets worth trillions of dollars that are available for investment in BTC, signaling a significant shift as institutional investors consider allocating capital to cryptocurrency, thereby increasing market legitimacy and growth potential.

On the other side, Bitcoin, which trades at $63,306, saw a 6.88% decrease over the last day as the momentum that propelled it to all-time highs a week ago weakened. That reflects a decline of 12.60% in the last 7 days.

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