Bitcoin has out-performed any other financial investment, up 1,500% just this year. Kevin Hua looks at where the meaningful investments are behind this rally.

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We’ve written about how cryptocurrencies are up 1,500% over the last 9 months. That performance has eclipsed all other financial instruments and leaves investors asking whether it’s a raging bull market or a bubble waiting to pop?

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Key points:


What’s a cryptocurrency?

  • A digital currency where encryption technology regulates the generation, use, transfer and verification of a transfer of funds without the need for a central banking system
  • Examples are Bitcoin or Ether.

Many media articles say cryptocurrencies are for drug traffickers, hitmen and arms dealers. Is there more to it?

  • Cryptocurrencies have legitimate commercial applications
  • All cryptocurrencies consist of a network of peers. Each peer holds a ledger of every transaction made by a digital currency and the balance of every account. This is called a blockchain.
  • The blockchain ensures autonomous, instantaneous and reliable accounting of Bitcoin transactions using digital encryption.
  • It can be a reliable method of instantaneous transactions with the ability to settle in real time with no counterparty risk and reduced transaction costs

Examples of commercial application

  • By banks and investment managers to settle trade in real time
  • In law to create “smart contracts”
  • In manufacturing to automate payments and supply chain processing

The future of Blockchain – is it a buying opportunity or speculative bubble?

  • Risks – concerns around entering a bubble and regulatory risk
  • e.g. Last week Chinese government made plans to ban trading of Bitcoin on domestic exchanges. China accounts for 25% of bitcoin trades.
  • Safer way to gain exposure is by investing in companies focusing on cryptocurrencies and managing blockchain like IBM and Microsoft
  • AtlasTrend’s Big Data Fund has been constructed to capture the long-term structural trend of big data and invests in companies with exposure to the Internet of Things and cryptocurrencies.


Listen to more interviews in this series:

The Rapid Marriage of Off-line and On-line Shopping from Amazon

Big Data: What, How and Where to Invest

Disney and Netflix are Parting Ways

Investment opportunities from the growth of Online Shopping

Nike Sprints Ahead with Amazon and Instagram

Amazon’s Tuition Costs US$13.7bn for a Food-ucation

Alibaba – The Growing Goliath


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About Kevin Hua

Kevin Hua is a Co-Founder of AtlasTrend, an investment platform that makes it easy for anyone to learn and invest in trends impacting our world. Kevin has over 20 years experience in financial markets including as Senior Portfolio Manager at Atrium Investment Management and Stark Investments.