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Bitwise launches DeFi crypto index fund

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Bitwise Asset Management has launched the Bitwise DeFi Crypto Index Fund.

DeFi – decentralised finance – refers to the emerging category of digital, peer-to-peer financial services technologies that enable trading, loans, interest accounts, and more. Using public blockchains and cryptoassets rather than legacy systems, DeFi services aim to cut out traditional Wall Street intermediaries, allowing for the potential to facilitate faster operation, 24/7 availability, no minimums or paperwork, full transparency, and auditability.

“DeFi is the story of 2021,” says Matt Hougan, chief investment officer for Bitwise Asset Management. “The growth and activity in the market is incredible. Today there are decentralised trading venues handling over USD30 billion in volume per month; automated lending programs making individual loans as large as USD200 million; and the total estimated value of funds currently locked into DeFi-related contracts recently crossed USD40 billion.”

The new Bitwise fund holds a portfolio of cryptoassets that power these DeFi services, and seeks to track the Bitwise Decentralized Finance Crypto Index. Holdings are screened for important risks, weighted by market capitalization, and rebalanced monthly.

The formal index methodology is public, and is overseen and adjusted on an ongoing basis by the Bitwise Crypto Index Committee.

The Bitwise Crypto Index Committee is supported by the Bitwise Decentralized Finance Advisory Council, a group of industry-leading DeFi experts who provide insights on the emerging sector.

The Fund’s custodian is Anchorage Digital Bank, which became the first federally chartered digital asset bank in US history in January, and today secures over USD5 billion in cryptoassets.

“DeFi is happening now, every day, and the growth is exponential. As the first national digital bank, we’re here to enable its broader adoption as a qualified custodian. We’re happy to enable more DeFi participation through Bitwise’s new fund,” says Diogo Mónica, president and co-founder of Anchorage Digital.

The Fund’s expense ratio is 2.5 per cent, which includes costs related to custody, tax, accounting, and management fees. In the future, the fund may seek to facilitate public trading of shares in a secondary market. 

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