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Crypto Hedge Funds Face Tough Year in 2022, But Still Outperform Traditional Counterparts

Crypto Hedge Funds Face Tough Year in 2022, But Still Outperform Traditional Counterparts

In 2022, crypto hedge fund managers faced a particularly tough year, with many teams experiencing significant losses in just days or even hours, resulting in significant redemptions from their investors.

The digital assets sector faced challenges due to increased regulatory scrutiny in the US and elsewhere, resulting in the worst 12 months for portfolio managers in recent history.

However, despite this, the sector has seen a rise in new funds and talent from traditional finance, with Forteus Research’s recent report stating that there has been a “migration of talent from traditional finance into digital assets.”

According to the report, digital asset portfolio managers have achieved better absolute returns compared to traditional portfolio managers for a minimum of 36 months.

The lack of institutional-grade infrastructure has been a significant obstacle to the widespread institutional adoption of crypto. The adoption of cryptocurrencies has been facilitated by recent developments, such as the emergence of more specialized firms and the growth of service providers.

There are now over 400 crypto trading options available, with a focus on derivatives trading, particularly futures and perpetual swaps.

The trading of digital assets is fragmented, which can lead to price dislocations and inefficiencies. The current state of digital assets trading, where price dislocations are common, offers a chance for arbitrage strategies with limited basis risk and leverage.

This is further supported by the fact that approximately 65% of all digital assets trading volumes are now transacted through derivatives, such as futures and perpetual swaps, resulting in high demand for arbitrage strategies.

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However, the industry still faces several headwinds, including a lack of allocator awareness, proper prime brokerage solutions, and the collapse of FTX, which has “undoubtedly undermined trust in crypto service providers.”

Although faced with obstacles, the recognition of cryptocurrencies by traditional finance is gradually increasing, as evidenced by the partnership between Coinbase and a Blackrock platform, which is open to institutional investors, cited by Forteus as a positive illustration of “traditional and crypto firms…working together.”

In conclusion, the digital assets sector has faced significant challenges in recent years, but with the emergence of new funds and talent, greater institutional adoption is becoming more feasible.

Despite the industry’s obstacles, opportunities for arbitrage strategies with limited basis risk and leverage continue to maintain momentum on returns and investor interest.

Alexander Stefanov

Reporter at CoinsPress

Alex is an experienced finance journalist and a cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast. With over five years of experience covering the industry, he deeply understands the complex and constantly evolving world of digital assets. His insightful and thought-provoking articles provide readers with a clear picture of the latest developments and trends in the market. His passionate approach allows him to break down complex ideas into accessible and insightful content. Follow up on his content to be up to date with the most important trends and topics - stay ahead of the curve with CoinsPress.

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