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Trusted, high-quality insights are essential for making effective investment decisions in the crypto space. Browse these regularly updated set of publications, produced by Sygnum Asset Management’s team of in-house researchers and analysts, to future-proof your investments

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Digital Nugget: Bitcoin halving

Bitcoin has a lot of positive fundamental drivers currently. The upcoming Bitcoin halving is considered to be one of these. In this note, we explore the impact the halving is likely to have on...
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Digital Nugget: Diversification after the failure of the 60/40 portfolio

The balanced portfolio, consisting of 60 percent equities and 40 percent bonds, has been the mainstay of investors for decades, providing exposure to higher returns from equities and protecting the...
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Digital Nugget: Ordinals, inscriptions and NFTs

“Bitcoin NFTs” called Ordinals have gained tremendous popularity since the beginning of 2023. The “inscriptions” methodology used in their creation has since spread to other networks. We...
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Digital Nugget: Real world collaboration in crypto scaled

Digital Nugget: Real-world collaborations in crypto

Decentralised applications often compete with their traditional counterparts, but sometimes the relationship is collaborative. While crypto use cases offer alternatives to traditional industries, in...
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Digital Nugget: The upside in crypto yield

Digital Nugget: The upside for crypto yield

While the best case scenario for fixed income products is avoiding default, the best case scenario for crypto yields is driven by increased demand for decentralised finance services. This upside can...
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Digital Nugget: Is low volatility a buy signal?

Digital Nugget: Is low volatility a buy signal?

Extremes of low volatility in the crypto market have historically been followed by strong upside performance. Despite Bitcoin experiencing its largest daily move since mid-March last week, volatility...
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Digital nugget: The crypto megatrend

The crypto megatrend

The primary long-term investment case for crypto is based on blockchain being a disruptive foundational technology, much like the internet was. Decentralised blockchain protocols providing the...
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igital Nugget: Cosmos token yet to price in recent protocol upgrades

Digital Nugget: Cosmos token yet to price in recent protocol upgrades

As use cases for crypto proliferate and grow, the prices of individual tokens do not always reflect the underlying opportunities. One example is interoperability protocol Cosmos, which recently...
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Digital Nugget: Benchmarking crypto investments

Digital Nugget: Benchmarking crypto investments

Institutional investment in crypto assets creates the need for benchmarks. However, widely accepted investable crypto benchmarks do not yet exist. In this article, we highlight the reasons for the...
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Digital Nugget: Constructing crypto portfolios

Digital Nugget: Constructing crypto portfolios

As institutional investment in crypto assets increases, more attention focuses on what exactly to invest in. Initially, new investment in crypto tended to flow simply to Bitcoin and increasingly to a...
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Digital Nugget: Zero Knowledge – catalysing growth and unlocking new use cases

Digital Nugget: Zero Knowledge – catalysing growth and unlocking new use cases

Applying zero-knowledge cryptography to blockchain projects may be the most important innovation since the successful realisation of distributed ledger technology. Protocols based on Zero-Knowledge...
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Digital Nugget: Investable tokens

Digital Nugget: Investable tokens

With over 22,000 tokens in the crypto market, it is necessary to segment the market and filter for investable tokens. In this note, we provide a guide to narrowing down the universe to what is...
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Digital Nugget: The potential for growth in decentralised lending

Digital Nugget: The potential for growth in decentralised lending

Decentralised lending was battle-tested in 2022, and it proved superior to centralised lenders. However, its product range is very narrow. Below, we examine the potential for decentralised lending to...
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Digital Nugget: What is the point of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)?

Digital Nugget: What is the point of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)?

While most of the world’s central banks are enthusiastically prototyping CBDCs, their motivations why are not always clear. What do central banks mean by digital currency? The puzzle starts with...
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Digital Nugget - Can we rebuild trust in the crypto industry

Digital Nugget: Can we rebuild trust in the crypto industry?

The last few months’ cascade of failures by centralised projects serving the crypto market highlighted both the power of decentralised transparency and point to weaknesses in the regulatory...
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Digital nugget - not the end of attractive crypto yields

Digital Nugget: Not the end of attractive crypto yields

As a result of the bear market and the recent crises, yields in the crypto market are currently only slightly above fiat money market rates. However, unlike fiat money markets, crypto yields have...
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Digital Nugget: Crypto bear markets – a curse or a blessing?

The bear market pullbacks in a technological innovation cycle sow the seeds of extraordinary performance for the upcycle that follows. Most traditional asset classes operate within the constraints of...
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Digital nugget - ETH merge

The Ethereum “Merge” – opportunities & risks

The current overwhelmingly bullish narratives on Ethereum in the market and a generally bullish positioning by market participants going into The Merge raise the question: has the recent 100 percent+...
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