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To all partners,
“Crypto” has been on a great run after bottoming in December 2018. The Bitcoin futures contract (/XBT) saw a low of $3,130 on December 7th and tested those levels again the weekend of December 14th-17th. In hindsight, what this means is that yet again, digital assets were a leading indicator of risk appetite in the markets. Not that digital assets should be a leading indicator for capital markets – it’s just that they appear to be.
Since we skipped last months investor letter, I want to take a moment to bring you up to speed on where we have been and where we are as of the end of the first quarter of 2019.
The following chart will do that succinctly:
I don’t want to spoil the fun for next month but if April were to end today – it would be our best month yet. We’ll have to see if it holds up.
We didn’t have much activity in the month of March. We were mostly sitting, watching, waiting… for anything to happen. Nothing ever really did. But things got moving on the very last day of the month and we were ready to pounce when prices started to break higher.
Steven has done a a great job building us a portfolio of digital assets that actually have sound use cases far beyond that of simply trying to provide anonymity for the parties to nefarious transactions.
In talking with Steven, it is clear that he is of the opinion that “winter is over” in digital asset markets. In a private note to the team, Steven recently commented:
“In a positive sign for digital asset markets, the SEC is seeking to hire a “Crypto Specialist”, indicating to me a willingness to work with the industry vs. ban it entirely – and that means an ETF is still on the table!
Additionally, Japan has latched on to the wave and refuses to let go as the e-commerce giant in that country, Rakuten (RKUNY) was recently granted a license to open a brand new exchange for digital assets.
Finally, in other positive news – 70,000,000 train riders in Japan may soon have the ability to use their chosen digital asset to pay for tickets using their existing payment cards.
We still have the capacity to take on additional assets in the fund if you, or anyone you know would like to gain (increased) exposure to this exciting space. In all my years of trading and exposure to government and capital markets – I’ve never been more excited than I am today about the opportunity I see ahead. There will be peaks and valleys, to be sure, but the river is flowing… it will find its way to the ocean, eventually.”
And with that, I will let you get back to your busy day.
Thank you for your investment in our fund.
Until next time,
Shane Fleury, President
Third Wave Digital Asset Fund
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