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Bitcoin Advocate Salim Ramji Named Vanguard CEO


Vanguard, the asset management behemoth, has nominated Salim Ramji, a former BlackRock executive who is Bitcoin-friendly, as its new CEO. BlackRock’s first Bitcoin spot ETF exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval and launch were overseen by Ramji, who is going to be the new head of INDAX on July 8, the day when he replaces the old Bitcoin critic Tim Buckley.

Potential Shift in Bitcoin Stance

The opinion of the experts in the industry towards the appointment of Ramji’s promotion has industry pundits predicting possible changes in Vanguard’s stance on its long-time opposition to Bitcoin (BTC). Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart said that he did not believe that Ramji could release Vanguard’s own spot Bitcoin ETF product, but he added that Vanguard might change its policy on the banning of clients from the purchase of spot Bitcoin ETFs on its brokerage platform.

Just as before, Balchunas, a Bloomberg analyst, reminded us that Ramji has praised Bitcoin and blockchain technology in the past, and he said, “Maybe the door is more open now, IMO.“ Balchunas put it as a “semi-shock,” that is, Vanguard is bringing in an outsider as the CEO for the first time.

Ramji’s Background and Vision

BlackRock’s Global Head of iShares and Index Investments, Ramji, who at the same time was a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee, resigned and left the firm to “pursue a new leadership or entrepreneurial opportunity” four days after he helped start the iShares Bitcoin Trust on January 11, 2024. The new position at Vanguard was acquired by president Liz Barrett after the announcement of the retirement of former CEO Tim Buckley in late February.

Customer Reactions and Market Speculation

In January, some of Vanguard’s long-time customers started to threaten to close their accounts when the firm decided not to offer spot Bitcoin ETFs on its broader platform. Vanguard once again confirmed its choice to not invest in Bitcoin, as it did not fit its investment philosophy, which is based on the use of equities, bonds, and cash as the main elements of a balanced and long-term investment portfolio.

Although this is Ramji’s appointment, it means a change of course. GameStop memecoins caught the excitement of the investors, which means that the capital that is not being allocated comes from the investors. Thus, the investment officer of Tyr Capital, Ed Hindi, said, “The excitement generated around GameStop memecoins demonstrates there’s capital out there that’s not being allocated,”  which means that the investor’s interest in Bitcoin and blockchain technology could influence Vanguard.

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