- Franklin Templeton CEO Jenny Johnson has invested in Bitcoin, Ether, Uniswap, and SushiSwap tokens due to their financial return potential.
- Johnson believes regulators are still evaluating how to approve a spot bitcoin ETF, which she says is needed to meet investor demand.
- Johnson sees blockchain technology as having the ability to democratize finance by reducing transaction costs and friction.
Franklin Templeton CEO Jenny Johnson has reportedly invested in several major cryptocurrencies and tokens. While the amounts are small compared to her overall portfolio, this represents a notable move into the crypto space by a major financial executive.
Johnson’s Crypto Holdings
According to a recent interview with Fortune, Johnson holds positions in:
- Bitcoin (BTC)
- Ether (ETH)
- Uniswap (UNI)
- SushiSwap (SUSHI)
Thoughts on a Bitcoin ETF
Franklin Templeton has applied to launch a spot bitcoin ETF, but no firm has yet been approved. Asked about the potential timeline, Johnson said regulators are still evaluating the best approach. She believes a spot bitcoin ETF is needed to meet investor demand and is a better way to get exposure than existing options.
Blockchain’s Potential to Democratize Finance
Johnson and Franklin Templeton see significant potential in blockchain technology and crypto assets. Johnson highlighted the ability to reduce transaction friction and costs, making it easier to securitize and fractionalize assets. This could expand access and help democratize private markets.