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Crypto Equities: A Picks and Shovels Approach to Investing in Bitcoin and Crypto

San Francisco • September 13, 2021

We examine the case for allocating to crypto equities, both as a proxy for cryptoasset exposure and as unique stand-alone investments.

The crypto industry is supported by a growing array of publicly traded companies that build and maintain the infrastructure that allows the ecosystem to thrive. These include crypto mining companies, mining equipment manufacturers, exchanges, custodians, and others. Investing in crypto companies has traditionally been the domain of venture capital funds; now that crypto has established itself as an asset class and a myriad of companies have achieved critical mass, these opportunities are available to public equity investors as well. In this paper, we examine the case for allocating to crypto equities, both as a proxy for crypto asset exposure and as unique stand-alone investments in their own right.

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Based in San Francisco, Bitwise is one of the largest and fastest-growing crypto asset managers. As of year-end 2021, Bitwise managed $1.3 billion across an expanding suite of investment solutions. The firm is known for managing the world’s largest crypto index fund (OTCQX: BITW) and pioneering products spanning Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, and crypto-focused equity indexes. Bitwise focuses on partnering with financial advisors and investment professionals to provide quality education and research. The team at Bitwise combines expertise in technology with decades of experience in traditional asset management and indexing, coming from firms including BlackRock, Blackstone, Meta, and Google, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bitwise is backed by leading institutional investors and asset management executives, and has been profiled in Institutional Investor, CNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal.

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