During his Thursday appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box," BlackRock CEO Larry Fink opined that cryptocurrencies could morph into "a great asset class."
I'm still fascinated about it. I'm encouraged by how many people are focusing on it. I'm encouraged by the narrative. It may become a great asset class.
Yet, he does not think that digital assets could serve as a substitute for government-issued currencies.
Back in December, Fink said that crypto could evolve into a global market and threaten the U.S. Dollar.
Not many conversations
Despite crypto finally marching into the mainstream, Fink claims that his company does not receive many inquiries into crypto:
We are studying it. We've made money on it, but I'm not here to tell you that we are seeing broad-based interest from institutions worldwide.
Other than "fascination," BlackRock has had very few conversations about cryptocurrencies, according to Fink.
BlackRock—the largest asset management firm in the world—started trading Bitcoin futures earlier this year, according to its regulatory filing.
As reported by U.Today, it filed to gain exposure to Bitcoin through two of its funds in January.
BlackRock's move into crypto was widely expected after Rick Rieder, its chief investment officer, predicted that Bitcoin could "take the place" of gold in November.