Research & education

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

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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Sector primer: Blockchain-based gaming

Sector primer: Blockchain-based gaming

This article is part of our sector indices primers. Find out more about this series here and get the full report here. Definition Blockchain-based games operate on decentralised platforms. This...
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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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Crypto market outlook blog post

Outlook for blockchain protocols: Key themes to dominate in 2023

The Ethereum Merge upgrade and the success of Layer-2 solutions were the highlights of last year in the blockchain protocol space. Our Head of Investment Research, Katalin Tischhauser, has identified...
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House View

Sygnum House View – Feb 2023

After signs of seller exhaustion last year, the crypto market started the year with a strong rally. This January was the best start of the year for the crypto market since 2013, and this happened in...
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Sygnum crypto market update

Crypto market outlook 2023

Sygnum has published its crypto market outlook 2023 report, the latest report from our Sygnum investment research. This report analyses 2022 developments and provides insights for key sectors and...
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Sector primer: Decentralised Finance (DeFi)

Sector primer: Decentralised Finance (DeFi)

This article is part of our sector indices primers. Find out more about this series here and get the full report here. Definition Decentralised finance (or DeFi) is the replication of various...
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Crypto sector indices research report

Crypto sector indices research report

In today’s crypto market, sector selection matters! Sygnum’s crypto sector indices tracks the performance of 21,000 individual crypto protocols and uses a rules-based system to filter and...
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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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House View

Sygnum House View – Jan 2023

As it happened several times last year, the crypto market traded in an extraordinarily narrow range again in December, closely resembling a flat line. The only slight movement was due to a level of...
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Cryptocurrencies: better money report. Simple principles to consider what qualities make one type of money better than other.

Cryptocurrencies: better money?

Simple principles to consider: what qualities make one type of money better than other. ​​Fiat currencies around the world are losing their purchasing power rapidly. Despite the relative strength...
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Crypto sector indices research report

Sygnum crypto sector index series

Sygnum has leveraged its crypto community involvement and regulated digital asset banking experience to launch the first institutional, rules-based crypto sector indices framework. The Sygnum crypto...
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House View

Sygnum House View – Dec 2022

The crypto market appreciated slightly at the beginning of November as macro sentiment was turning more positive. Just as it was looking like the market bottomed out, news of the FTX fraud hit and...
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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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House View

Sygnum House View – Nov 2022

The crypto market was unusually flat and stable with very low volatility throughout October, until a brief rally that appeared to be related to covering expiring short futures positions, lifted...
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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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House View

Sygnum House View – Oct 2022

The crypto market rose cautiously at the beginning of September, on the hopes of lower inflation figures and Ethereum driving outperformance again in the run up to the Merge upgrade. The...
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Sygnum report - Valuing crypto assets

Crypto Market Update Q4

In our Crypto market update: From “Flight-to-quality” to “Flight-to-growth” report, we analyse the current bear market in crypto, its key sector and segments and provide an...
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