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Tag Archives: digital assets

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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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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Sep 10, 2021

The Senate’s Approval of the Infrastructure Bill and Its Effect on Cryptocurrency

On Aug. 10, 2021, the US Senate approved the much-debated Infrastructure Bill, a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s agenda. The bill overall is worth over $1 trillion. Yet the impact on the digital asset community, while small from a dollar perspective, may be equally outsized. It is estimated that the bill will increase tax revenue…

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Aug 23, 2021

Demystifying Digital Assets: Getting to Know the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices

How are indices helping bring greater transparency to this emerging asset class? S&P DJI’s Tyler Carter and Ved Malla explore the design and objectives of new tools for tracking and evaluating digital currencies.

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