A new frontier? Bitwise launches unique NFT Index Fund

Posted: 17 December 2021 11:47 am

Crypto asset manager Bitwise has launched the world’s first index fund which tracks the 10 largest non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Is this the new frontier for NFT investing?

NFTs have become an emerging market trend, attracting a new breed of investors over the past year. Bitwise has decided to capitalize on this momentum by launching the Bitwise Blue-Chip NFT Index Fund.

The idea is that the fund will purchase and hold in custody NFTs from CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Yacht Club, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Autoglphs, Fidenza, VeeFriends, CyberKongz, Genesis, Cool Cats, Meebits and Chromie Squiggle.

So how does it work? And who can access this new form of investing?

How does a Bitwise’s Blue-Chip NFT Index Fund work?

The Bitwise Blue-Chip NFT Index Fund will purchase and hold customers’ NFTs from the most valuable NFT collections. This is based on their market capitalization using “floor prices”. This is essentially the price at which an investor can buy or sell the lowest-price NFT in any given collection. The fund will be rebalanced every 3 months.

According to Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan, the fund will focus its holding on art and collectibles. It will also exclude NFTs from collections with fewer than 100 items, as Bitwise views those assets as too illiquid.

Who can invest?

Investments can only be made by accredited US investors via private placement. The fund’s minimum investment is $25,000, which is reportedly lower than many blue-chip NFTs. So there are big barriers to entry for the average investor.

Will it change NFT investing?

The world of NFT investing is new and largely untested. It is easy to get scammed by it and it’s hard to keep up with its complexities. The emphasis behind the Bitwise Blue-Chip NFT Index Fund is to “make owning the blue-chip NFTs emerging in this historic new chapter simpler”, according to Hougan.

Bitwise is looking to provide investors with the opportunity to get involved with NFTs, without having to shoulder the cost, time and complexity of sourcing and buying individual NFTs.

But it will remain to be seen as to whether there is a demand for this type of investing in the NFT space. And whether or not other asset managers will follow suit.

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