LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Hedge funds buying and selling crypto currencies tracked by index supplier BarclayHedge ended 2022 down virtually 50%, the analysis agency stated on Tuesday, an indication that the collapse of the cryptocurrency change FTX continues to ripple via the trade.
FTX filed for Chapter 11 chapter safety in the USA in November following its spectacular collapse that despatched shivers via the trade.
Ben Crawford, head of analysis at BarclayHedge, stated since FTX fell to items, the dialog round buying and selling crypto currencies had change into polarised and that “true believers” in crypto had been “cranking up their evangelizing to 11.”
“The extra skeptical voices have turned to overtly questioning if the ‘Crypto Winter’ isn’t a season in any respect, however a state extra akin to a nuclear winter,” stated Crawford.
An index of 47 hedge funds, the names of which BarclayHedge retains nameless, posted a lack of over 47% for the yr, the info stated.
However the 2022 consequence was not the worst efficiency the index has seen within the final 5 years. The Cryptocurrency Merchants Index ended 2018 down over 60%, stated BarclayHedge, which is a part of the corporate Backstop Options.
Nonetheless, the common 5-year efficiency of the index if an investor was capable of maintain to their place would have been over 46%, BarclayHedge knowledge stated.
Reporting by Nell Mackenzie
Enhancing Yoruk Bahceli, William Maclean
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