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A U.S. public pension fund has invested in bitcoin for the first time.

The pension fund for Houston’s firefighters, the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund (HFRRF), [announced](https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/houston-firefighters-relief-and-retirement-fund-announces-bitcoin-purchase-1030886049) today that it had purchased bitcoin for the defined benefit plan’s portfolio, making it the first announced investment in BTC by a public pension fund in the U.S.

“This investment represents a watershed moment for bitcoin and its place in public pensions,” said Nate Conrad, global head of asset management at NYDIG. “Fiduciaries are increasingly aware of how even a small allocation to digital assets can make a big impact over time, and they now have a partner in NYDIG who can help them make it happen.”

HFRRF acquired BTC and another cryptocurrency in a $25 million purchase facilitated by the institutional bitcoin services provider NYDIG, who will also provide custody services to the pension fund, *Bloomberg* [reported](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-21/houston-pension-buys-crypto-an-asset-we-could-not-ignore?srnd=cryptocurrencies). NYDIG has set up a private fund, which it will manage, to acquire and custody the assets on behalf of HFRRF.

“I see this as another tool to manage my risk,” Ajit Singh, the chief investment officer for the fund, told *Bloomberg*. “It has a positive expected return and it manages my risk. It has a low correlation to every other asset class.”

HFRRF plans to nourish the partnership with NYDIG going forward to allow its over 6,600 benefactors to leverage the suite of bitcoin-focused services provided by NYDIG’s full-stack platform. HFRRF benefactors include active and retired firefighters and survivors of firefighters.

The purchase marks the first-ever bitcoin investment by a public pension in the U.S., which has the potential to benefit HFRRF members significantly over the long run if BTC continues to appreciate against the dollar as it has for the entirety of its lifetime.



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  1. Watch them all tip toe towards the bitcoin lifeboat as they say “nah, everything’s fine, just a leak down there being fixed – you’re crazy if you think the Titanic can sink.”

    The irony though, is that they’re moving towards the picture of a lifeboat, not an actual lifeboat. Unless they buy the bitcoin directly and hold the keys it’s just a mirage of safety.

  2. It’s not gonna be long until one of these fund managers just moved all the Bitcoin they manage to their own wallet and take off. It’s a heck of a lot easier to pull off than your traditional exit scams.

  3. Not their keys, not their Bitcoins.

    Stupid pension fund managers.

    Instead of putting money into a retirement fund which then buys shares of another fund which *claims* to buy bitcoins, but is likely doing a rehypothecation scam…

    …individuals should **buy actual Bitcoins** (not alt-coins, GBTC, ETFs, paypal, robinhood, etc), then send their Bitcoins to their own (hardware) wallets.

    “*Not your keys, not your Bitcoins*.” — Antonopoulos

    Stop applauding the Wall St. criminals.

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