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jeanpast4 karma

If one, it would be BTC. In a meltdown, correlations go to 1, and credit issues often emerge. BTC is the most decentralized, censorship-resistant digital asset. In the digital asset trilemma of scale, decentralization, and security, BTC delivers strongly on security and decentralization, but less so on the scale. This trade-off helps in a meltdown and is why they call it Digital Gold.

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jeanpast3 karma

I think a lot of it comes down to usability. We are increasingly seeing ETH being used not only as an investment, but as a necessary coin to use when interacting with Web3 technologies such as decentralized exchanges, non-fungible tokens, and more. Once Ethereum pivots to proof-of-stake, we could see an increasing number of traditional enterprises pursuing their own initiatives on Ethereum (without fear of being anti-ESG) where they can provide and extract the most value. Another thing to note is that, in our view, investors like to reside where the technological breakthroughs happen. We have seen a lot of chains mimic, or fork existing Ethereum technological breakthroughs. Ethereum by large has the most active, independent developers which are not sponsored by official foundations. They are coming in and developing at their own free-will. This is a major catalyst in our view as it shows organic adoption of the network beyond purely price speculation, and development spurred by grants from official foundations.

When it comes to post-merge, an interesting concept to think about is the lack of daily selling pressure from miners which may not have the network’s best interest at heart. Post-merge, this daily sell pressure subsides (assuming miners sell daily to pay for operational expenses). Miners make around ~14,000 ETH per day (~$20mm per day in USD), give or take, which are typically sold on the market. Another concept to think about is simple supply and demand economics post-merge. Inflation rate of ETH could decline quite substantially, depending on network activity. Presuming demand stays the same or increases, the laws of economics state that prices go higher. We’ve highlighted several potential impacts on ETH in a research piece here: https://3iq.ca/digital-asset-bulletin-issue-13-the-merge/

jeanpast2 karma

Canadian ETFs, such as those 3iQ offers, have monthly and annual redemptions. Grayscale products are OTC and offer no redemption mechanisms, meaning flows out of the fund have to be sold on secondary markets (OTC exchange) to other investors rather than through the primary market (fund manager) which sells the real crypto. This is how some funds can trade at drastic premiums and discounts on the stock market compared to their Net Asset Value. Management Fees are also generally more advantageous on the Canadian ETFs.

jeanpast2 karma

Generally, new exchange listings can positively impact trading volumes as the distribution of the ETF is increased. For some fund structures, like closed-end funds (not ETFs), premiums and discounts can also be impacted. However, both ETFs and closed-end funds have redemption mechanisms in Canada, unlike some products in the USA.

jeanpast2 karma

Tough to say. For regulated, publicly-listed products on the Toronto Stock Exchange, you are limited to just bitcoin (BTC) or ether (ETH) at this point in time. For broad exposure, we offer a 3iQ Global Cryptoasset Fund, which holds a variety of crypto assets; however, it’s structured as a mutual fund trust for accredited investors.
When we think about broad exposure, it’s important to note that a lot of investable assets are actually issued on Ethereum and use the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). This includes NFTs, stablecoins, and more. One could argue that simply owning ETH gives you some theoretical proxy exposure to the success of any of those above concepts, as those tokens and applications require ETH to function, putting upside pressure on ETH prices as demand rises for any of those above use cases. Even layer-2 solutions, at some point, will use ETH or pay the Ethereum mainnet in fees. By holding ETH, you can capture the value accrued back to the mainnet.