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Introduction to Crypto Investment

CoinDesk Research's Introduction to Crypto Investment is a series of research papers about the facts and ideas that are drawing institutional investors into crypto. Those new to crypto will find needed resources and a map of future obstacles. Those already active in crypto will find a guide to the path ahead for colleagues and clients.

  • In "Crypto in Context," we talk about the value proposition, who is buying bitcoin, and correlations with more traditional assets.
  • In "Custody," we look at bitcoin's bearer asset qualities, and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
  • In "Valuation," we introduce some of the fundamental metrics that analysts are developing in order to value crypto assets.
  • In "Is Bitcoin a Safe Haven?" we critically examine one of bitcoin's dominant narratives, as "digital gold," i.e., a store of value in times of economic instability.
  • In "Crypto Derivatives," we cover why bitcoin futures and other crypto derivatives matter to bitcoin and other crypto assets; what makes them different from traditional derivs; and where to find liquid and regulated markets.

Crypto in Context

Here we talk about the value proposition, who is buying bitcoin, and correlations with more traditional assets

Crypto Derivatives

In "Crypto Derivatives," we cover why bitcoin futures and other crypto derivatives matter to bitcoin and other crypto assets; what makes them different from traditional derivs; and where to find liquid and regulated markets.

Crypto Custody

Here we look at bitcoin's bearer asset qualities, and the challenges and opportunities it presents

Crypto Fundamentals

Here we introduce some of the fundamental metrics that analysts are developing in order to value crypto assets

Is Bitcoin a Safe Haven?

Here we critically examine one of bitcoin's dominant narratives, as "digital gold," i.e., a store of value in times of economic instability