Valkyrie Digital Assets LLC (“Valkyrie”), a leading investment manager focused on digital assets, and the sponsor of several investment trusts, is excited to announce today the launch of its latest such investment vehicle, the Valkyrie Avalanche Trust (VAVAX).
VAVAX is the first investment vehicle at Valkyrie to invest solely in Avalanche (AVAX), the digital asset that powers the Avalanche blockchain network. The primary investment objective of the Trust is to reflect the value of Avalanche held within and to offer investors access and exposure to the digital asset in an insurable, cost-effective manner.
“AVAX is growing rapidly in terms of adoption, largely as a result of its blazing fast transaction speeds,” said Valkyrie Investments CIO Steven McClurg. “By launching this trust, we are able to give qualified investors exposure to a protocol that they have been increasingly asking about as DeFi projects, NFT platforms, and many other projects have increasingly begun to build on the Avalanche blockchain.”
This Trust launch is the second of 2022 for Valkyrie, and is the latest in a family of trusts launched to bring more exposure to a wider universe of digital assets. Avalanche is the fastest smart contracts platform in the blockchain industry, as measured by time-to-finality, and has the most validators securing its activity of any proof-of-stake protocol. Soon after launch, the Trust will also begin staking AVAX to generate additional returns within the fund.
Avalanche enables developers to build ethereum decentralized applications (dApps) that confirm transactions instantly and thousands per second on either a public or private blockchain at a far lower cost than competing blockchains, that minimizes environmental impact because it uses far less energy than competing blockchains.
“Avalanche is pioneering the movement toward mass adoption of blockchains with low fees, near-instant transaction finality, and an eco-friendly platform,” said John Wu, President of Ava Labs. “With the launch of the Avalanche Valkyrie Trust, institutions will have another reliable avenue to tap into the innovation happening across the community.”
Valkyrie Investments is a leading financial services firm with a focus on digital assets. Headquartered in Nashville, Valkyrie’s team combines deep technical expertise in this emerging asset class with decades of experience launching investment vehicles for a wide variety of market participants. The firm is led by financial industry veterans with decades of experience across firms including Guggenheim Partners, UBS, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and The World Bank.