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Tag Archives: Cryptocurrency

Nov 29, 2022

Transparency, FTX, CeFi and DeFi

By now, the news in early November about the collapse of FTX, one of the largest global cryptocurrency exchanges, is sinking in. At S&P Dow Jones Indices, we often discuss the challenges of the cryptocurrency ecosystem and its risks across multiple dimensions. These include asset-level risks, technology risks, market risks and regulatory risks, as well…

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Nov 1, 2022

Digital Asset Strategies – To Diversify, or Not?

This blog was co-authored by Tyrone Ross and Erik Smith. Over the past 13 years, the cryptocurrency market has reached a cumulative market capitalization in the trillions. As of September 2022, Lukka Enterprise Data has listed 50 cryptocurrency assets with a market capitalization of over USD 1 billion. With an increasing number of investment options…

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Sep 30, 2022

New Crypto Indices Designed for the Asia Market

Cryptocurrencies were designed to be decentralized and borderless, and different regions have different rates of adoption and use. In Asia, a new report by Accenture titled “Digital assets: Unclaimed territory in Asia”1 reported that 52% of affluent investors held digital assets as of Q1 2022, and the percentage was expected to rise to 73% by…

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Jul 19, 2022

A Risk Control Approach to Cryptocurrencies: A Tool for a Crypto Winter

Earlier this year, we reported on the volatility of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies overall. In February 2022, the market was slightly down from its all-time high in November 2021. S&P Dow Jones Indices had just launched the new S&P Bitcoin and Ethereum Dynamically Rebalancing Risk Control 40% Indices (CET Close), and we saw that risk-adjusted performance…

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May 17, 2022

Perspectives on the Current Crypto Slump

I’ll avoid the usual platitudes about the market downturn. Instead, I’d like to focus on how we can better understand the current cryptocurrency market movement by looking at the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices. First, to set the context for the current drawdown, we’ll take a look at the biggest declines in Bitcoin. Then, we’ll take a…

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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 30, 2022

Beyond Bitcoin: Increasing Accessibility through a Digital Assets Classification System

In part one of the Beyond Bitcoin series, we introduced the importance of applying a sector classification system to the emerging digital assets asset class. We examined what it looks like for an investor to expand their view of the digital assets markets beyond the oft-cited mega-cap assets (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) and discussed…

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Mar 23, 2022

Beyond Bitcoin: Why Digital Assets Need a Classification System

A few weeks ago, after communicating that I would be pivoting my career into the digital assets space and focusing on data, a long-time friend asked me, “Oh, you mean working with cryptocurrencies and helping people manage their bitcoins?” I paused and then explained that there is more to the digital assets markets than Bitcoin,…

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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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