Thus far, despite the hype and excitement around cryptocurrencies, most CTAs haven’t exactly been in a rush to start trading these assets. However, as Galen Stops reports, this might be about to change.
As Cboe and CME both prepared to launch bitcoin futures contracts in December 2017, the price of a single bitcoin roared upwards to peak at over $19,000.
For retail investors, the attraction of this particular cryptocurrency was that the price had been going up all year, having traded at around $985 per bitcoin in January of last year. For professional traders, the attraction of bitcoin was that it was an asset that was actually moving, it was uncorrelated to other assets and therefore offered diversification benefits and, on top of all this, was almost exclusively being traded by retail punters.
As cryptoassets continue to endure a tough bear market, Profit & Loss hosted an event called OnTheBlock to discuss what impact this has had on liquidity conditions.“Right now, we haven’t seen the wave of institutional money that everybody talked about in 2017,” said Martin Garcia, managing director at Genesis Trading. “The narrative then was very much that this is just the retail sector trading these assets and that when the institutional funds come in, it will grow to yet another scale.”To be clear, Garcia still thinks that institutional-sized money and liquidity will enter the crypto space, but that it will do so at a much slower and steadier pace than many were previously predicting.