Hedge Fund Specialist: Crypto Funds lost 29.2% in March

Barclay Hedge released its latest index, the Cryptocurrency Traders Index, revealing that players in the field failed 29.2% in March 2018
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And year to the current date, it is being declined 43.1% after three subsequent monthly losses. The researchers suppose that the new tool is an equal-weighted index of the monthly proceeds of a representative universe of 19 component funds that trade bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, beginning Jan 1st 2018.

Estimated perfomance calculated with reported data from crypto funds for January-March of 2018
Estimated perfomance calculated with reported data from crypto funds for January-March of 2018 

Barclay Hedge, established in 1985 and previously known as The Barclay Group,  works for institutional investors around the world in the sphere of hedge fund and managed futures performance measurement and portfolio management. It supports  148 hedge fund indices for financial institutions in North America and Europe in its role as an independent index calculation agent.

The ability to trade Bitcoin futures on exchanges such as CME and Cboe, which are respected worldwide, provides a much-needed level of transparency, investor safety, and credibility to the price–discovery process and creates a level of institutional legitimacy that is crucial for growth in this sector. Within days of the launch of Bitcoin futures, Bitcoin rose to its all-time high of just under $20,000 on December 18 last year. Today’s prices are just over $8,000. Folks have their opinions, but no one really knows if it’s a bubble or a corre. 
Sol Waksman, president, founder, Barclay Hedge

The massive 2017 price revival saw an outbreak in the number of crypto hedge funds, with a whopping 167 planned to have launched during the year. Nevertheless, many are trying to survive the present market with at least nine crypto hedge funds having stopped operations.

SEC to Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
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For the first time since August of last year, two proposals on the creation of a Bitcoin-ETF are under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The application of VanEck and SolidX, issued in cooperation with the Cboe BZX exchange, as expected, was included in the Federal Register issue this Wednesday, with which the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched. The application of Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca was published last week.

I … hope that our investment in regulatory and market education, hard work and commitment will be honored when the time comes.

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of digital asset strategy, VanEck

The head of Bitwise’s research department, Matt Hogan, believes that not only firms that have submitted bids to create Bitcoin-ETFs are looking for approvals, but and the entire “extremely fast-growing” crypto industry.

A year ago there was maybe one qualified crypto custodian … and now there are half-a-dozen, and that number will go up from here. A little more than year ago, we didn’t have futures. A year ago we didn’t have nearly as many firms making markets. A few months ago, you didn’t have folks like Fidelity announced in the space. It’s evolving really, really quickly.

Matt Hougan

Global head of research, Bitwise

 As reported, ultimately, however, a bitcoin ETF approval will depend on how companies approach their proposals.