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About Valur’s Institutional Partners

Key takeaway: If Valur ever went out of business, our established institutional partners–Charles Schwab, Anchorage, and others–would step in to act in your interest, so you can rest easy.

One set of questions we hear a lot from our customers: You’re a startup! Are you working with any more established companies? What happens if you go under?

We’re in this for the long haul, but if something goes wrong, you’re protected, because we work with established partners at virtually every step of the process.

Custodians

Once your trust is set up, your assets will sit with a “custodian” whose job it is to hold and protect the assets. In fact, you might not realize it, but this is true of all of your financial assets, no matter whether they’re in a trust, a 401(k), a taxable investment account, or even just in the bank. No matter the asset, it has to live somewhere, and there’s a centuries-old ecosystem built just for this purpose.

In our case, we work with different custodians depending on the type of asset we’re dealing with.

  • For traditional assets–publicly traded stock, exchange-traded funds, bonds, and the like–we partner with Charles Schwab. There’s not much that needs to be said here; Schwab has been around for more than 50 years, and it has developed the best-in-industry tools necessary to protect your assets and facilitate your transactions. That’s why almost half of all retail investments in the United States are held there.
  • For cryptocurrency, we work mostly with Anchorage and Coinbase. Both companies have handled billions of dollars of crypto transactions.
  • For startup equity and other alternative assets, we work with a variety of partners depending on the company and the asset. If your equity is currently sitting in Carta or Shareworks, there’s a chance it can stay there. If not–if there are regulatory or other reasons the assets have to move–we work with Schwab and its alternative-asset partners to transfer the assets.

Trust Administration and Valuation

Now that your assets are in your trust and sitting with your custodian(s), your trust will need to be administered. We handle most of the real-world logistics, but Schwab acts as our backstop–they handle the technical requirements of trust reporting and filing your trust’s taxes.

In addition to those basics, if you have certain hard-to-value assets, we work with partners like Rhodium Strategies to perform the annual valuations necessary to calculate how much you’re entitled to withdraw from the trust every year.

So What Happens If Valur Goes Under?

If Valur ever went out of business, these partners would continue to act in your interest, and all you’d have to do is sign up a new trustee and investment manager. We future proof your trust by including a “secondary trustee” in the original documents—usually a family member or someone else you trust—who would be legally empowered to handle the logistics and financial management if Valur isn’t around anymore.

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