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April 19, 2024
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DigitalX Weekly Crypto Update: Market Trends and Analysis

12-19 April 2024

This week's latest trends and insights in the digital asset market from our asset management team.

Market Commentary

This week has been marked by significant geopolitical tensions impacting both digital assets and traditional markets. Reports of an Iranian drone attack on Israel led to a sharp sell-off in digital assets and broader risk assets as investors sought refuge amid fears of a growing conflict. With Israel poised to respond and calls for restraint from the Biden administration, uncertainty looms over the region, prompting questions about potential market implications.

Meanwhile, developments in the regulatory landscape continue to shape the digital asset space. In Hong Kong, approval for spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs could potentially open up a significant market, although analysts remain cautious about the level of investment they might attract. Additionally, the SEC’s scrutiny of Uniswap and discussions surrounding stablecoin legislation underscore the ongoing regulatory challenges facing the industry. Technical updates have also been prominent, with bug fixes being implemented to resolve the recent congestion on Solana’s network.

Adding to the mix is the highly anticipated Bitcoin halving event, set to occur this week on the 21st of April. This event, which causes a reduction in the supply of new Bitcoin by reducing block rewards from 6.25 to 3.125 Bitcoin mined every 10 minutes, has historically had significant implications for the market. As anticipation builds, investors are evaluating the potential impact on prices and mining dynamics, preparing for potential market shifts post the halving.

CEO Comment

The Gap between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has further spread to 17%, a slight increase from last week’s 13%.

As for the shift list, which we define as the major events and announcements facilitating the broader market’s transition to Web3 financial rails or the internet of value, the top shifts for this week include:

  1. Our research paper here highlights the benefits of a simple portfolio allocation to digital assets. This is really the big shift – every investor in the world with at least a small allocation. 
  2. We have a thesis that Web3 financial rails, underpinned by all of the development in the digital asset sector, is a generational shift. The below article paints a clear picture about the future of investing amongst the younger generations – Generation Z and millennials choose crypto over stocks – Report.

Our Top “alts shifts” for this week, featuring shifts in our altcoin universe that drive our thematic approach, saw the second gap, or the broader digital asset market, remain flat at circa 47%. I want to highlight that this is a big opportunity, as mentioned we see this as a selective opportunity to identify and grow our alternatives portfolio via our “alThematics” work. The gaps themselves are proving to be a risk on, risk off proxy and hugely high Beta – volatility is a certainty and an opportunity – the building is happening no matter what.

  1. The transfer of all finance and financial transactions via the tokenisation of real world assets is a key alt thematic for us – this “mainstreaming” on the base platform at scale is what is needed, so we like this move – Tokenised credit platform Centrifuge plans institutional RWA lending on Base, raises $15M in VC investment.

What are our favourite thematics for 2024? We continue to like any infrastructure plays of the shift from Web2 to Web3 financial rails and any plays in the real-world asset tokenisation infrastructure, data validation and decentralised storage, as well as scale-up technologies such as ZKrollups. We are closely following all the ”de’s” – DeFi, DePin, DeSoc – (want to know what that means? – message us). 

Lisa Wade, CEO DigitalX



*All figures throughout are in USD unless otherwise specified


Market Updates

The Shift List

Macro and Regulatory Environment

About DigitalX

DigitalX Ltd (ASX:DCC) is a leading ASX-Listed Bitcoin and digital asset funds management business. The Company has a 9 year track record mining Bitcoin, blockchain and smart contract development. DigitalX Asset Management is the investment manager of digital asset investment products that provide qualified investors with highly secure and streamlined access to digital asset exposure. To learn more contact the team at [email protected] or visit our website


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