Crypto Index Tracker – New Expanded Indices Show Continued Metaverse Outperformance

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Our crypto indices have been popular among investors and so we are constantly looking for ways to improve them. We’ve therefore decided to make a number of improvements. First, we expanded the number of coins in each index from five to 10. This should give a better overall measure of how well each class of coins is performing.

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Second, we’ve changed the index calculation methodology to a more tradeable monthly rebalancing rather than daily. We retain equal weighting to prevent one coin from dominating each index. We’ll release a more detailed write-up on how we decided on the coins and the broader revisions in the coming weeks.

As for the recent performance of the indices, we continue to find our metaverse index outperforming with an impressive 27% gain over the past week (see charts one and two). Bitcoin, our smart contract index and our DeFi index had similar weekly performances of around 15%.

In terms of the breakdown within each index,

  • Smart contract platform index – VeChain (VET) is up the most at 25% on the week, while Chainlink (LINK) is up the least at nine percent. Meanwhile, Ethereum is up 17% on the week.
  • DeFi index  Compound (COMP) is up the most at 22% while Uniswap (UNI) and Maker (MKR) are up the least at five percent each.
  • Metaverse index – Gala (GALA) is up the most at a staggering 76% while Aavegotchi (GHST) is up the least at three percent.
  • Bitcoin index – This is up 14% on the week.

What are the four indices?

Here are the indices in more detail.

  • Bitcoin – The OG of crypto markets deserves its own category and is in many ways the true benchmark for any other crypto market.
  • Smart contract platforms – After Bitcoin, the big innovation was to have blockchains that were more programmable. These could host smart contracts or decentralized applications and have allowed the emergence of the metaverse and DeFi. Ethereum (ETH) is the most popular version of a smart contract platform. As well as Ethereum, we also include some key competitors. The constituents of this index are Ethereum (ETH), Cardano (ADA), Avalanche (AVAX), Solana (SOL), Fantom (FTM), VeChain (VET), Terra (LUNA), EOS (EOS) and Chainlink (LINK). We also include Polkadot (DOT), which allows interoperability between blockchains and the use of smart contracts via parachains.
  • Metaverse – Coins associated with the creation of a virtual space/digital world on the internet using a combination of augmented reality, virtual reality and social networks. The constituents of this index are Axie Infinity (AXS), The Sandbox (SAND), Decentraland (MANA), Enjin Coin (ENJ), Aavegotchi (GHST), Terra Virtua Kolect (TVK), Ultra (UOS), Phantasma (SOUL), RedFOX Labs (RFOX) and Gala (GALA).
  • Decentralized finance (DeFi) – Financial services built on top of blockchain networks with no central intermediaries. This can be a very broad category, so we narrow this down to platforms that focus on lending/borrowing, yield farming, automated market making and decentralized exchange tokens. The constituents of this index are Aave (AAVE), Compound (COMP), Uniswap (UNI), (YFI), Loopring (LRC), PancakeSwap (CAKE), Maker (MKR), 1inch (1INCH), Thorchain (RUNE) and Terra (LUNA).
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The commentary contained in the above article does not constitute an offer or a solicitation or a recommendation to implement or liquidate an investment or to carry out any other transaction. It should not be used as a basis for any investment decision or other decision. Any investment decision should be based on appropriate professional advice specific to your needs.

Bilal Hafeez is the CEO and editor of Macro Hive. He spent over twenty years doing research at big banks – JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Nomura – where he had various ‘global head’ roles and did FX, rates and cross-markets research.


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