The cryptocurrency markets have evolved at a rapid pace and, with the recent surge in institutional interest, that growth looks set to accelerate. Yet, as an emerging asset class underpinned by nascent technology, cryptocurrency markets remain largely inefficient and riddled with opaque practices to the detriment of investors. As cryptocurrency reaches the mainstream, the importance of integrity among participants and the need to implement best practices becomes ever more pressing.
Over recent years, we have witnessed the widespread disruption of multiple industries by giant advances in technology. We've seen key sectors such as mobility and logistics, hospitality and catering, media and communications, retail, and the supply chain - changed beyond recognition by the growth of the gig economy, shifting online consumption habits, and the entrance of behemoth players such as Uber, Airbnb, and Amazon.
With the cryptocurrency markets beginning 2021 in earnest, we review the regulatory approaches taken by different jurisdictions. Last month, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde called for Bitcoin (BTC), a "highly speculative asset," to be regulated on an international level. But, is a uniform approach possible with such different degrees of comfort toward cryptocurrencies between global regulators?
As Bitcoin’s meteoric rise and subsequent volatility over the past few weeks has hit the headlines, the total crypto market cap now stands at well over $1 trillion. In collaboration with our partner, Itiviti, we look into what trends are set to shape the digital asset class in 2021.
Price gaps occur when the price of an asset opens higher or lower after the last trading day. In traditional finance, traders are well accustomed to this phenomenon, and indeed, often attempt to leverage these gaps as part of their trading strategy. For example, when a company announces an earnings report or a product announcement, an aftermarket emerges where traders adjust their valuation of that company, which in turn is reflected in the price – even though the market is not open.
The massive rally in cryptocurrencies is almost unrecognizable from three years ago. When the Bitcoin (BTC) price marked its all-time high just shy of $20K in December 2017, it was exclusively retail-driven. Regulation was scant and insufficient; hacks, scams, and Ponzi schemes abounded; investors made (and lost) a lot of money overnight; and major financial institutions like JPMorgan were steadfast in calling BTC a "fraud" and a "bubble."
One of the most important trends in the cryptocurrency industry over recent months has been a notable rise in corporate treasurers buying Bitcoin (BTC) as a balance sheet asset. Against the backdrop of a failing global economy and a weakening global reserve currency (the USD), both publicly listed and private companies are beginning to diversify from traditional low-risk assets such as bank deposits, treasury bills, and commercial paper to find a more effective balance between risk and yield.
Since Bitcoin's momentous rise this holiday season, alt coins have been making noise. What is driving this alt season, and what coins have been leading the way?
In 2020, the world was met with some of its largest and most unprecedented challenges in living history. Covid-19 was unleashed onto society and as the pandemic raged, it brought with it considerable challenges to virtually all aspects of ordinary human life.
The extreme volatility of the cryptocurrency markets has long caught the attention of the traditional financial space. However, what started out as outright dismissal has gradually led to increased participation and now, some may argue, institutional traders are leading the charge. As the regulatory framework has become clearer and the infrastructure more resilient and robust, institutional crypto trading has taken off in earnest.
Gold is prestigious. Bitcoin is exciting. Gold is well understood worldwide. Bitcoin is still emerging as an investable asset for many people. Both have significant advantages - and some disadvantages - but what are they and which should you invest in? For professional investors and individuals alike, this debate has become louder as traders assess which asset represents a better hedge.