Canadian Condo Company Invests in Bitcoin, Hopes to Become 'Self-Sustaining Real Estate'
A few months ago a trend started where well known businesses
like Microstrategy, Square, and Tesla started adding bitcoin to their
company balance sheets. Now a Canadian condominium company has decided
to invest in bitcoin in order to replace some of the firm’s reserve fund
with crypto. Thornton Place Condominium Corporation leveraged the
cryptocurrency exchange Kraken to process the transaction.
**Update: March 20, 2021, 10:30 a.m. (EST), a quote at the end of
this article was attributed to the wrong person and has now been
Canadian Condo Company Purchases Bitcoin for Reserves
Crypto assets and the leading digital currency bitcoin (BTC) have been gathering steam in 2021 as assets like BTC have touched all new price highs. For instance, BTC reached an all-time high (ATH) touching $61,782 per BTC on March 14, 2021.
In 2020 and into 2021, a great number of companies have been trading
cash and stocks from their treasuries in order to replace them with
bitcoin (BTC). In recent times, firms have also been adding ethereum (ETH)
to their balance sheets as well. On March 17, the Canadian condo
business called Thornton Place Condominium Corporation announced it has
purchased bitcoin (BTC).
Thornton Place is located in the capital city of the Canadian
province of Saskatchewan and the organization explained it had purchased
0.4 BTC for $25,000.
The Thornton Place board members voted on the purchase and
“determined that a small investment of approximately 5% of the overall
Reserve Fund and 6% of the monthly Operating Fund contributions into
bitcoin will permit Thornton Place to gain a limited exposure to a
high-performing asset class without jeopardizing any of the long-term
goals of the corporation and its owners.”
Before the vote on the purchase, the Thornton Place board created a governance policy to manage the BTC. The company believes in the long run, the BTC reserves will help make the condo organization self-sustainable.
“It is the Board’s intent that the $700.00 monthly investment from
the Operating Fund contributions is continued on a long-term and
indefinite basis. We see a 10-year time horizon for the investment and
will continue to evaluate the scope and performance of the investment in
relation to the overall corporate finances as is appropriate,” the
Thornton Place announcement explained.
The Canadian company added:
In making this investment, we believe that we
have taken the first steps that may one day permit the elimination of
condominium fee contributions from the owners and result in Thornton
Place Condominium becoming entirely self-sustaining, valuable, and
sought-after real estate.
Thornton Place Treasurer: ‘Bitcoin Is a Bit More Stable’
According to one report,
the Thornton Place Condominium Corporation treasurer Howard Ulmer
detailed that the idea stemmed from a fellow board member. Ulmer said
that the board was well aware of BTC’s price fluctuations and thinks the crypto asset has grown more stable.
“It appears that this may be a more stable time for investment in
bitcoin currency,” Ulmer said. “And the last number of years has been a
considerable amount of fluctuation, and that doesn’t mean it can’t
happen some more. But at least it appears to be a bit more stable.”
Despite the enthusiasm from members of Thornton Place Condominium
Corporation, other individuals are not so pleased with the condo
association’s recent decision, according to the Canadian press. Eric
Miller, however, an attorney who invoked the idea of Thornton Place
buying bitcoin (BTC), thinks that the decision was done with due diligence.
“Under the [Saskatchewan] trustee act, there has to be consideration
of the risk [in investing] … and so because of that the condo
corporation did not take their entire reserve fund and invest it into
bitcoin, even if this goes to zero, it will not make or break the
reserve fund and the ability of the condominium corporation to meet its
ongoing demands in the future,” Miller insisted.
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