Fairfax County Pension Funds Invested $21 Million in Blockchain Technology
An official from Fairfax County Retirement Systems has clarified the terms of recent investments by county pensions in blockchain venture capital fund Morgan Creek.
Jeff Weiler, Executive Director at Fairfax County Retirement Systems, clarified the terms of recent investments in Morgan Creek Digital that reportedly amounted to $40 million.
The statement’s aim was to qualm pensioner concern over the recent investment, as some were worried that their pensions could be lost due to volatility in cryptocurrency markets.
In this context, Weiler explained that the county has invested money in the underlying technology of crypto, claiming that at least 85 percent of the Morgan Creek Blockchain Opportunities Fund is invested in blockchain technology firms instead of cryptocurrencies themselves.
As such, Weiler stressed that no more than 15 percent of the funds will be invested in actual cryptocurrencies, stating that “to-date, the Fund has no exposure to any cryptocurrencies.“ He listed a number of blockchain technology applications apart from cryptocurrencies including digital identity systems, digital document settlement, voting identity verification, medical data storage and processing, and others.
In the official note, Weiler wrote that the recent blockchain investment was committed by Fairfax County’s Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) and the Police Officers Retirement System (PORS). The ERS invested $10 million, which represents 0.3 percent of the ERS’s total assets, while the PORS committed $11 million, which constitutes 0.8 percent of its total assets.
Home to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Fairfax county is the second-wealthiest county in the U.S. with a median household income of over $112,000 annually.
Weiler also clarified that Morgan Creek Blockchain Opportunities Fund is one of a number of investment funds run by Morgan Creek Asset Management that has a total of $1.4 billion in assets under management.
As revealed by Morgan Creek Digital’s CEO Anthony Pompliano, the original funding round of Morgan Creek was capped at $25 million, but was expanded upward due to investor interest.