Cryptocurrencies: The Key to Financial Sovereignty

An interview with Chris Sullivan, Principal and Portfolio Manager, Hyperion Decimus, on how cryptocurrencies offer an alternative financial system providing greater freedom, control, transparency, and security.

AccessTimeIconJun 17, 2024 at 6:53 p.m. UTC

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What inspired you to found Hyperion Decimus, and what sets it apart from other investment firms?

We founded the firm for three main reasons. First, to offer investors a way to derive alpha from the rapidly growing and complex digital asset market from institutional-level investing, portfolio management, and advisory services. Second, to provide investors with an alternative to the inefficient, outdated, and crisis-prone centralized financial system. And, third, we built Hyperion Decimus to capitalize on the rise of digital assets and decentralized finance, which heralds a significant shift in how people view and interact with financial systems.

What draws you to the world of cryptocurrency, and how do you envision its role in the future of finance?

Cryptocurrencies offer an alternative financial system providing greater freedom, control, transparency, and security. They empower individuals by reducing dependence on central banks and traditional financial institutions. Key to this is financial sovereignty: crypto-currencies allow individuals to fully control their financial assets. This marks a significant departure from the traditional banking system, where access and usage of funds can be restricted. Furthermore, cryptocurrencies are revolutionizing the future of finance by promoting decentralization, enhancing efficiency and transparency, expanding financial inclusion, and driving innovation. As technology matures and regulatory frameworks evolve, cryptocurrencies will become an integral part of the global financial system.

Can you provide insight into the philosophy behind your strategies and your approach to navigating the volatile crypto market?

Our philosophy emphasizes diversification, sophisticated quantitative analysis, and a deep understanding of the digital asset space to generate non-correlated alpha and returns independent of traditional market movements. We use advanced quantitative models and extensive data analysis to identify investment opportunities, enabling informed decisions based on trends traditional analysis might miss. We mitigate risk by diversifying investments across various digital assets and strategies, minimizing the impact of adverse price movements. Astute asset managers can use market-neutral strategies like arbitrage to exploit price discrepancies and view volatility like a “friend,” because when prices go up and down it creates opportunities.

Can you tell me a little about your new fund, the HD CoinDesk Acheilus Fund?

We launched the HD Acheilus Fund in mid-May to leverage CoinDesk Indices’ Bitcoin and Ether Trend Indicators. This actively managed, single-strategy fund targets institutional investors, aiming to profit from crypto market uptrends while avoiding drawdowns. We use a combination of quantitative and macroeconomic signals to shift between crypto tokens and cash, delivering a disciplined, outcome-driven cryptocurrency investment strategy.

How does Hyperion Decimus navigate compliance and regulatory challenges in the crypto investment space, given the evolving regulatory landscape?

Our dedicated compliance team continuously navigates compliance and regulatory challenges in the crypto investment space through a comprehensive and proactive approach, ensuring adherence to all CFTC and SEC regulations while anticipating future changes. Also, we have established robust internal policies and procedures that meet or exceed regulatory requirements, covering areas such as anti-money laundering (AML), know-your-customer (KYC), data protection, and risk management. All of this speaks to a forward-thinking compliance culture that governs all our activities.

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