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The promising future for crypto index investing


The first half of 2024 has been a seismic shift for US crypto investors. The long-anticipated arrival of spot bitcoin ETFs, alongside the listing approvals for spot ether ETFs, has permanently reshaped the investment landscape. 

While bitcoin and ether will undoubtedly benefit from a surge in global demand fueled by ETFs—something we have already seen play out with bitcoin ETFs—the maturing crypto ecosystem is offering opportunity for investors far beyond the largest two assets. 


Opportunity through diversification 

Crypto is not just bitcoin and ether. There are a variety of blockchains and thousands of crypto assets focused on many applications: payments, gaming, and decentralized finance to name a few. As the crypto markets evolve, the dominance of the largest assets will change. As crypto continues to become more mainstream, there will be other assets that disrupt the market share of bitcoin, ether, and other dominant assets. Investors can position themselves to benefit from the growth of these other crypto assets through an index.

Hashdex launched the world’s first crypto index ETF and the largest crypto ETF in Brazil. We have long been believers in the benefits of investing in a diverse basket of crypto assets in regulated ETFs, a wrapper which provides easy access and helps eliminate operational burdens, including self-custody and the management of private keys. 

For many seasoned investors, a basket of crypto assets offers superior diversification characteristics compared to just investing in single-asset products. As we emphasized in our 2024 Crypto Investment Outlook, Brazil currently stands alone as the only country where crypto index ETFs eclipse single-asset products. However, with evolving regulations and professional investors and wealth managers seeking diversified exposure, we anticipate this trend replicating itself in Europe and eventually the US.


The benefits of a crypto index

Mirroring traditional markets, crypto indices offer a dynamic snapshot of market health, utilizing an institutional-grade methodology to track performance across specific sectors of the digital asset universe. This offers several compelling advantages for investors:


  • Risk Mitigation: Crypto indices provide diversified exposure, spreading risk across multiple assets with distinct functionalities. This is crucial in the volatile and nascent crypto market, where individual projects can experience significant price fluctuations.


  • Transparency: Renowned indices adhere to rigorous selection criteria, ensuring included assets are highly liquid, meet market capitalization thresholds, trade on reputable exchanges, and boast secure custody solutions. This fosters trust, attracting institutional investors who prioritize such aspects.


  • Standardization: Indices contribute to the overall standardization and maturation of the crypto market. By establishing a common benchmark, they streamline the investment process and attract a wider investor base.


  • Time-tested: Diversification strengthens portfolios over time, regardless of whether the assets are stocks, bonds, or alternatives. It’s a time-tested approach to improve long-term investment outcomes by reducing idiosyncratic risks and qualitative biases.


A bright horizon for crypto investors

The crypto market remains a complex landscape prone to volatility, and this will not change any time soon. Identifying individual winners and losers has always been a challenge in traditional markets, and becomes even more so with an emerging asset class like crypto. However, crypto indices offer a standardized approach to capturing overall market performance, serving as a guidepost in the ever-evolving digital asset landscape. 

We believe indices are fundamentally reshaping crypto investment strategies, paving the way for a more mature and institutionalized market that will help unlock significant opportunities for long-term investors. We are excited to be at the forefront of this conversation and product development across the globe. 


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