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Gland, Switzerland based online banking and brokerage leader Swissquote Group Holding SA (SWX:SQN) announced that it has today launched the first actively managed Bitcoin certificate. It allows mainstream investors to participate in the cryptocurrency’s boom through a traditional financial vehicle publicly traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange. By buying Bitcoins certificates at a regulated exchange, investors are less exposed to the risks associated with trading and holding actual Bitcoins themselves, but are still benefiting from potential profits.
Already this summer Swissquote became the first European online bank to offer Bitcoin investing on its trading platform.
The certificate’s volatility, and thereby the risk of downturns, is reduced by a machine learning algorithm developed by Swissquote’s Quantitative Asset Management team. The algorithm predicts the short-term direction of future returns by interpreting a variety of technical signals as well as the market sentiment expressed on social media.
The algorithm then manages the certificate automatically. Between 60% and 100% of the certificate’s portfolio is allocated to Bitcoin, depending on the predicted future direction of the cryptocurrency’s price. With the likelihood of a downturn rising, the cash position is increased to up to 40%, thereby reducing volatility. If prices are expected to rise, up to 100% of the certificate is invested in Bitcoin.
Even though we believe that Bitcoin represents the future, the volatility can be very high and considered too much of a risk by the average investor. This is why our strategy focuses on reducing volatility by increasing the amount of cash in periods of uncertainties and downturns”, said Peter Rosenstreich, Head of Market Strategy at Swissquote.
With the certificate, the average investor gets a regulated and transparent gateway to Bitcoin, without needing a special Bitcoin wallet, managing public and private keys or having to fear theft or hacks. We expect that investors will be willing to accept slightly lower returns in exchange for better protection against downside risks.
The Swissquote certificate on Bitcoin is denominated in US Dollar. Minimum investment is 1,000 US Dollars, which is also in the initial price of the certificate. Management fees are 1.5% per year plus transaction costs. There is no minimum holding period.