Crypto funds, on the other hand, returned an astonishing 124.3% for the first 3 months of 2021 on average. Dmitri Alexeev is Founder and CEO of AlphaBot, a collaborative platform for alternative investment research
Without a widespread payment system based entirely on crypto, the weak link for investors remains the point of conversion to a local currency, where all the most important advantages such as anonymity, security, and ease of transactions disappear and get replaced by local laws and regulations that vary considerably from being crypto-friendly (Japan seems to lead the world here) to outright hostile (China, for example, wants to use its own currency in a blockchain format). The changing regulatory landscape definitely adds to the inherent volatility of the asset class and only time will tell how a “matured” crypto-space will look like in a few years. Source www.alpha-week.com
It will be interesting to see how things develop for this segment as there are major structural developments underway, from smaller scale initiatives like Crypto-based ETFs to massive projects like entire countries experimenting with putting their national currencies on the blockchain (such as China), not to mention continuing regulatory challenges. In any “normal” year, a return of 3%+ in a quarter for a broad strategy index is a very good result, but clearly 2021 is not such a normal year. Whether investors are seeking “structural diversification” away from the traditional financial system, or putting their money into crypto to shield themselves from potential run-away inflation, the cryptos are charging boldly into uncharted territory and have recently reached $2trn in capitalization, with Bitcoin owning approximately 55% of the entire market.
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