Ryan Radloff (pictured), principal at CoinShares, reports that their new Ethereum based products, Ether Tracker One and Ether Tracker Euro, have passed the USD10 million line in assets under management, just a week after beginning trading on Nasdaq Stockholm.
“When the group’s Bitcoin ETNs – which are now at USD330 million in AUM – launched in 2015, it took one year to attract the initial USD10 million in AUM,” Radloff says. “The Ether Trackers achieved that in less than a week. Initial demand for the Ether ETN from investors of all types has been exceptional, driving substantial volume for an un-seeded ETN; especially one in an emerging asset class. The community that was demanding the product has shown up in full force; and now, the community has a new request – research.”
In an effort to service this new wave of investors who are requesting professional asset research, CoinShares Research is launching analyst coverage on Ethereum and its native token, ether.
The firm writes that CoinShares Research will serve the CoinShares’ family of investors with the first full-time research team dedicated to delivering market-leading insight into the top five crypto-assets; and coverage is beginning with ether.
“When we looked around at the available research in crypto to date, it either revolved strongly around bitcoin, or took a generalist approach to ‘the next biggest crypto-assets’. While seminal work has been done on bitcoin as an asset – the same could not be said for ether. With this asset highlight, we aim to rectify that situation,” says Radloff, interviewed in AlphaQ in April 2017.
The inaugural Ether Asset Highlight provides an overview of the current state of Ethereum combined with an assessment of key drivers behind long-term utility and speculative value of the ether token. The initial coverage also looks at ether’s performance relative to other more traditional asset classes as well as Bitcoin.
“We took a specific approach and laid out the foundational pillars to understanding ether as an asset, work which we intend to build on in analyses to come. What you’ll find in this research coverage is a pragmatic discussion with a simple valuation approach to consider. You won’t find flashy price targets, and a bunch of marketing,” says Christopher Bendiksen, Head of Research at CoinShares.
The CoinShares platform is home to a cryptocurrencies multi-strategy offering of investment vehicles; a family which now represents more than USD350 million in crypto assets under management.
“We are excited to bring CoinShares Research to life as we begin to support the needs of the next wave of crypto investors. Now that we have a team covering ether, bitcoin and a few others on a full-time basis, expect more great coverage to come soon,” says Radloff.