Blockchain is perhaps best-known as the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ether and competing altcoins.
Blockchain solved a problem as old as bartering itself: how to efficiently exchange assets. Letters of credit, paper money and minted coins have been around for centuries, but are cumbersome to trade and track. Innovations like credit cards and the internet improved speed and efficiency, but many transactions still go through intermediaries like credit card companies or banks. The system has its drawbacks: merchants are beholden to financial institutions that charge substantial fees, there can be significant lags when transferring funds, and large centralized financial networks are prime targets for fraud and cyberattacks. Moreover, not everyone has access to traditional banking and credit.
Enter Blockchain. Blockchain is a decentralized, incorruptible digital ledger that facilitates and records all kinds of transactions. The collective ledger is updated every time a transaction occurs, and the data is synchronized across the network of participants, ensuring transparency and trust. The information in the blockchain is not stored in any single location, but is rather distributed and copied across a network of computers and other devices. This means that the records on the blockchain are public, verifiable and accessible by anyone who has internet.
The technology vaulted to fame with the advent of Bitcoin, but the technology has expanded beyond just cryptocurrencies. Blockchain ETFs have the potential to benefit from the increased adoption and utilization of blockchain technology. Blockchain ETFs are funds that meet at least one of the following two criteria:
- They are funds that invest in companies involved with the transformation of business applications though development and use of blockchain technology.
- They are funds that invest in futures and options pegged to the performance of Bitcoin, Ether and other cryptocurrencies, or in cryptocurrency investment products offered by asset managers like Grayscale or Bitwise.
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As of 01/19/21