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Liquidating XRP Position Didn't Prevent Bitwise from Surpassing $500 Million in AUM

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Mon, 01/04/2021 - 15:30
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Alex Dovbnya
Bitwise hits $500 million in assets under management, citing surging demand for crypto
Liquidating XRP Position Didn't Prevent Bitwise from Surpassing $500 Million in AUM
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Bitwise, the leading provider of index funds within the cryptocurrency space, has surpassed $500 million in assets under management, according to its recent press release.

In October, for comparison, it reported a much more modest sum of $100 million.

The Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund — which is made up of nine major cryptocurrencies —  now boasts $400 million in AUM. 

Notably, the firm achieved this milestone despite swiftly liquidating its entire XRP position ($9.3 million) just one day after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its lawsuit against blockchain firm Ripple.   

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, accounts for 82.99 percent of the index followed by Ethereum with 13.03 percent.

Stellar (XLM), EOS (EOS), Tezos (XTZ), and Cosmos (ATOM) were given less than a 1 percent weighting combined.

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“Remarkable” demand  

Bitwise saw more inflows in the fourth quarter of 2020 than during the two previous years combined. The Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund is up 195 percent over the past three months alone.    

While the numbers alone are very telling, Bitwise CEO Hunter Horsley also described the amount of money that is flowing into crypto as “remarkable.” However, he also urges investors to consider the risks associated with the novel asset class:       

"While adoption of crypto as an asset class and conviction around its role in portfolios rapidly expands, we continue to urge all investors to consider the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrencies in general and the Bitwise Funds in particular."

Bitwise withdrew its Bitcoin-backed exchange traded fund application back in January. Meanwhile, global asset manager VanEck recently filed yet another ETF proposal with the SEC. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.