Quebec Pension Fund loses nearly entirety of its Celsius funding in lower than ten months

In line with native information outlet LaPresse on Wednesday, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), an institutional investor chartered with managing retirement property in Canada’s predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, wrote off nearly the whole lot of its CA$200 million ($154.7 million) funding in troubled cryptocurrency lender Celsius Community. 

The transfer got here simply ten months after the CDPQ and development fairness agency WestCap made a joint funding of $400 million into Celsius at a valuation of $3 billion. At the moment, Celsius boasted over 1,000 staff, $25 billion in complete property and $850 million in cumulative curiosity paid to depositors.

Nonetheless, as an unregulated and centralized entity, a depositors’ property aren’t protected within the occasion of losses, neither is the agency subjected to any restrictions on the usage of leverage. Through the onset of this yr’s crypto winter, the sudden and violent crash of Bitcoin (BTC) and different digital property left a $2.85 billion hole in Celsius’ internet property. In consequence, it suspended withdrawals on the accounts of practically 1.7 million clients in June.

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It seems that the loss on Celsius represents solely a negligible fraction of the CDPQ’s portfolio. By June 30, the CDPQ managed a mixed CA$391.6 billion in complete property (or about $303.4 billion), lowering by 7.9% prior to now six months. The entity is presently evaluating its authorized choices towards Celsius, though it has not shared any particulars. In line with courtroom filings, Celsius is scheduled to expire of cash by October.