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Sharon Liebowitz

Senior Director, Innovation & Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Sharon Liebowitz is Senior Director, Innovation & Strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). She currently leads development of S&P DJI's cryptocurrency indices and digital tokenization efforts as part of her focus on the application of emerging technologies to the capital markets.
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May 4, 2022

Why a Bitcoin Index

Since the launch of the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices in 2021, we often get asked about the difference between a price (more formally known as a reference rate) and a single-coin index. So, let me unpack this into three questions: What is a reference rate? What is a single-coin index? And especially, why is it different…

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Mar 10, 2022

Tokens, Tokenized Funds, and the Evolution of Financial Markets

When people ask me about cryptocurrencies, or digital assets more broadly, they generally ask about what’s in the news. Sometimes, it’s about a popular meme coin (e.g., Doge); other times, it’s about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the digital artworks that are seeing surprising prices; and still other times, it’s about the new corporate structure created…

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Feb 15, 2022

Volatility, Cryptocurrency, and a Risk Control Approach

We’ve all heard it often—that volatility is a “feature” of Bitcoin and, by extension, the cryptocurrency market in general. While not all of us would agree with calling it a feature, most would agree that there is a significant amount of volatility in the cryptocurrency market. And, depending on your role—trader, asset manager, advisor, observer—you…

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Feb 10, 2022

Altcoins and Indices – Announcing Two Equal-Weight Indices Covering Largest Coins

In the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies, one area that is getting a lot of attention is altcoins (or alternative coins). Generally, altcoins refer to cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. There are thousands of distinct cryptocurrencies that offer a wide variety of exposures. For instance, altcoins power decentralized finance (DeFi), infrastructure, gaming, the metaverse,1 and more….

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Oct 26, 2021

A Deeper Dive into the Digital Assets Ecosystem

S&P Dow Jones Indices launched the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices in May. The indices have shown historically high annualized returns accompanied by significant volatility and downside risk. One of the goals of indexing is to bring accessibility and transparency to markets, and we believe that launching indices with a trusted price provider, Lukka, has allowed market…

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Aug 19, 2021

Digital Asset Infrastructure – Custody

Have your clients asked you about Bitcoin? Perhaps they’ve asked how to buy Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. Maybe they’ve asked about signing up for a MetaMask wallet. Perhaps they have been confronted with choosing a centralized exchange (e.g., Coinbase) or a DEX (decentralized exchange—e.g., UniSwap). Diving into cryptocurrencies requires learning a new language involving terms…

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Jul 13, 2021

Digital Market Toolkit Expands with the Latest S&P Cryptocurrency Indices

We are proud to announce the launch of our latest cryptocurrency indices, featuring the new S&P Cryptocurrency Broad Digital Market (BDM) Index. As we have discussed before, cryptocurrencies come with a host of new opportunities and challenges. As an emerging space, one of the biggest issues is a lack of transparency. Our new S&P Cryptocurrency…

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May 4, 2021

Introducing the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices

For us at S&P DJI, this is an exciting time because this new asset class is bringing unprecedented change to our financial ecosystem and the mindsets of market participants. The cryptocurrency space is unlike traditional financial markets, and certainly unlike the ones we have benchmarked at S&P DJI over the last 100 years. Living mainly…

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