Morgan Stanley, one of the largest banks in the United States, is setting up a new crypto-focused research division.
The Wall Street megabank has appointed Sheena Shah as lead cryptocurrency analyst for its dedicated cryptocurrency research team, Bloombergon Sept. 13. Shah as Morgan Stanley’s lead currency strategist covering G10 currencies for more than eight years and contributed to the bank’s crypto-related research efforts.
In the new role, Shah will reportedly focus on analyzing the impact of cryptocurrencies on equities and fixed-income investments like treasury and corporate bonds.
Announcing the news in a memo to staff, Morgan Stanley’s executives stressed that the launch of a dedicated crypto research team “is in recognition of the growing significance of crypto currencies and other digital assets in global markets.”
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley has been pushing into digital assets over the past year, steadily growing its direct exposure to Bitcoin () through . In March, Morgan Stanley for millionaire clients.
The news comes as the traditional finance industry continues diving into crypto amid the parabolic growth of the cryptocurrency market. The total market value of all cryptocurrencies has added more than a trillion dollars over the past year,from around $350 billion one year ago to $2.1 trillion at the time of writing.
Major U.S. banks have been rushing to establish crypto-related units recently, within July. State Street, the second-oldest continuously operating U.S. bank, previously . Wall Street megabanks like and Goldman Sachs Group also this year.