Co-founders of 21Shares and Amun share why crypto index products are signs of a maturing industry

Amun Holdings Limited – owner of both 21Shares and Amun, Inc. – introduced the first crypto exchange traded product (ETP) to market back in 2018.

Although the collaborative ARK Investments and 21Shares bitcoin spot ETF was recently rejected in the US, 21Shares remains the world’s largest provider of crypto ETPs with 30 unique products currently trading across exchanges. 

In this episode of The Scoop, recorded at the Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami, 21Shares and Amun co-founders Hany Rashwan and Ophelia Snyder sat down with host Frank Chaparro to discuss the current landscape of crypto ETPs, and explain why they believe the rise of crypto index tokens and crypto basket ETPs are signs of a maturing industry.

As Snyder commented during the interview:

“‘Is bitcoin going to zero this year?’ is no longer a continuing ongoing narrative. That changes things. It means that people are starting to look at crypto as an asset class, as an industry, as a theme… It’s not, ‘ok, will bitcoin now exist?’ It’s now: ‘Ok, well crypto is definitely going to exist, so what is the S&P 500 of crypto?’

While 21Shares has the most ETP offerings on the market, other firms are also developing crypto basket products such as Bitwise’s recently announced NFT index fund (though this fund is only available to accredited investors).

Given their positions in the market, both Rashwan and Snyder are very aware of the institutional funds flowing into the crypto: something the two have continued to witness despite the market’s drawdown over the last few months. 

As Snyder explained:

“The thing I find most interesting about flow data is that it is not highly correlated with price. And I had a very interesting conversation with one of our lead market makers about a week ago talking about what’s going on in this market actually, and what are they seeing on the trading side, and one of the key takeaways is this: the institutions are actually forming thesis based investment philosophies. So they look at fundamentals… they develop a thesis and they invest.” 

During this episode of The Scoop, Chaparro, Rashwan, and Snyder also discuss:

  • Progress on a Bitcoin Spot ETF
  • Crypto Basket Index Tokens vs. Crypto ETPs
  • How Amun and 21Shares work with global regulation of digital assets

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