Investors looking for exposure to emerging markets FX have limited options, with most EM indices offering exposure (currency hedged or otherwise) to local equity and bond markets. They will soon have the opportunity to invest directly in EM FX markets, however as T3Index is set to launch its E8 index, which it says it a first of its kind as it measures the performance of the world’s eight largest emerging market exchange rates. T3Index is a research driven financial indexing firm that specialises in derivatives benchmarking and the development of investible, proprietary indices that track related strategies across a range of asset classes.
Galen Stops looks at why demand for cryptoassets has skyrocketed in 2017 and assesses whether they have any future in mainstream financial markets.
The first working implementation of a blockchain that the world had ever seen was in the Bitcoin software released in 2009. Bitcoin the cryptocurrency then rose to prominence in 2013 when, driven in part by a flurry of media attention, its value rose past $1,000 for the first time.
Following that, 2014 represented a long and painful year of price decline for Bitcoin as an asset, but it continued to garner a lot of attention, not always for good reasons. Then in 2015 the narrative began to change as people really started talking about the potential applications of blockchain technology distinct from any digital assets.
Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declined to approve rule amendments proposed by NYSE Arca and Cboe BZX Exchange to authorise the listing and trading of shares of nine exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
This decision comes after the SEC also rejected the Winklevloss ETF in July that would have traded physical bitcoin, whereas the ones rejected last week planned to seek exposure to some or all of the bitcoin futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) and/or any other US exchange that subsequently trades such derivatives contracts.
There is much for listeners to enjoy in this week’s podcast as Colin Lambert tries to sound intelligent on credit, clearing and crypto, three subject with which he has the loosest connection. Luckily Galen Stops is on hand to provide the voice of reason as our two podcasters discuss how prime brokers and their preferred target customers are poles apart on what the PB service should look like. The potential for big change is there, says Stops, but what, if anything, is going to trigger it?
This week’s podcast also looks at a new ETF launched in the crypto space, which, Stops explains, seeks to provide investor access to “digital assets”. Putting aside Lambert’s inevitable cynicism – “is ‘digital assets’ just another phrase for cryptocurrencies?” – the development is an interesting one, for as he asks, ‘does this make the technology underpinning the crypto world the asset in question?’
Luckily for him and sadly for listeners, Lambert does get to sound off about how the FX market is radically different from even 15-20 years ago, and of course he has a theory about why that is. He also gets to re-live his childhood thanks to Stops asking him, “If you were trading now, what would you do with Cable?”