Welcome to the fourth installment of the Monthly Digital Assets Digest powered by Venn by Two Sigma – your guide to the state of capital allocation in crypto. 

In this newsletter, we dive into the latest developments impacting advisors, asset owners and managers to help institutional investors allocate capital to digital assets with confidence. 


November was a whirlwind for crypto markets. What do allocators need to know? Here are the must-read headlines we’re tracking:


1. Goldman Sachs, MSCI, and Coin Metrics Collaborate to Introduce Datonomy™, a Taxonomy of Digital Assets

Delivered as a “GICS” for crypto, datonomy was designed to provide a consistent, standardized way to help market participants view and analyze the digital assets ecosystem.  Datonomy can be licensed for a variety of use cases, such as the review and assessment of portfolio performance and reporting.


2. Institutions Weigh Exposure to FTX Crypto Exchange

Institutional investors are weighing their potential involvement with FTX after the company filed for bankruptcy last month. Sequoia, a lead investor in FTX, released a statement saying it was going to mark down the value of its FTX investment to $0.


3. Coinbase: Institutional Investors Increased Allocations During Crypto Winter, Long-Term Price Outlook Positive

Institutional investors increased their cryptocurrency holdings during the most recent crypto winter. According to Coinbase’s most recent survey of institutional investors, 62% of investors who are currently invested in crypto increased their allocations in the past 12 months, and 58% of investors expect to increase their allocations over the next three years.


The latest on major financial institutions navigating crypto:


1. Goldman Sachs on the Hunt for Bargain Crypto Firms after FTX Collapse

Goldman Sachs plans to spend tens of millions of dollars snapping up crypto companies after the collapse of the FTX exchange hit valuations and dampened investor interest. 


2. JPMorgan Gains Approval for Crypto Wallet Trademark

In mid-November, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved a trademark for “J.P. Morgan Wallet,” positioning the largest U.S. bank to possibly expand into crypto custody solutions.


3. Fidelity Rolls Out Access to Retail Crypto Trading

Fidelity Investments announced the launch a commission-free crypto trading product, Fidelity Crypto, for retail investors. The service will allow investors to buy and sell Bitcoin and Ether.


4. SEBA Bank Partners with HashKey for Institutional Crypto Adoption

Swiss-based crypto bank SEBA Bank formed a partnership with financial services firm HashKey Group to accelerate the adoption of digital assets in Hong Kong and Switzerland.


In case you missed it, here’s what we’ve been up to:


When it comes to “capital allocators” and “manager due diligence,” the two have always been like peas and carrots. In our latest deep dive on digital assets, we look at two crypto managers – one in the form of a market-cap weighted cryptocurrency exposure, and the other investing in crypto-associated stocks – to better illustrate how familiar manager evaluation workflows apply to crypto. Check it out here


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