The number of non-crypto hedge funds investing in the digital asset space continues to increase as 21% of such funds have done so, reads a PwC paper.
Cryptocurrency-focused hedge funds have increased their assets under management by nearly 100% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a recent report compiled by PwC. On average, the funds returned more than 120% in 2020, while the percentage was just 30% in 2019.
Both parties located up to 200 such funds, with the majority being launched in the past three years (81%). Nevertheless, 2020 turned out to be the most successful year, mainly due to the significant price appreciation in the market and the entrance of new large investors.
As a result, the crypto-focused hedge funds raised their AUM to $3.8 billion from $2 billion in 2019. The percentage of funds with an AUM of over $20 million increased from 35% to 46%.
“The average AUM for this year’s surveyed funds increased from $12.8 million to $42.8 million, while the median AUM increased from $3.8 million to $15 million,” – reads the paper.
Given the aforementioned substantial price increases, the median crypto hedge fund returned 128% in 2020. For comparison, the median return was at 30% in 2019.
Nevertheless, funds following the discretionary long-only strategy enjoyed the most significant results of almost 300%.
The crypto-oriented organizations reported that most of their customers are high-net-worth individuals (54%), followed by family offices (30%).
The survey’s results show that 21% of traditional hedge funds have invested in various cryptocurrencies, with bitcoin taking the largest position. Although their average allocation represents just 3% of their entire portfolios now, over 85% of them intend to deploy more capital by the end of 2021.
Those who are still fearful of getting involved cited regulatory uncertainty as the greatest barrier. Others were uncertain about their clients’ reactions and “digital assets being outside the scope of current investment mandates.”
Over 60% also admitted that they didn’t have enough knowledge on the matter but might reconsider their position should they receive a better education.