Trends in Investment Bank Cryptocurrencies Trading 2018


From Fad to Potential New FX Instrument Class

This report examines a specific subset of the cryptocurrency marketplace in 2018 from the perspective of a Tier I investment banking FX business and trading model. Cryptocurrencies have existed in theory for decades, and Bitcoin – which is 2018’s most commonly-traded cryptocurrency – is now 10 years old. To date, discussion of cryptocurrencies within the capital markets industry generally has largely been highly divisive, with crypto evangelists praising them on the one hand, and sceptics dismissing them and their underlying distributed ledger technology (DLT) as a fad.

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This report investigates the question of whether investment banks will trade some crypto payment coins like fiat currencies from a business model perspective in the next five-to-10 years. In doing so, GreySpark explores the key opportunities and hindrances relevant to investment bank engagement in the payment coin market. In 2018, key concerns for investment bank strategists in this regard include regulatory issues, custody and market scale.

Published on: 10 Dec, 2018

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Trends in Investment Bank Cryptocurrencies Trading 2018 – Table of Contents

  • 1.0 When a Currency Is Not Always A Currency
    • 1.1 What is Cryptocurrency – Unpacking the Amalgamation
    • 1.2 The Growth of Cryptocurrency
  • 2.0 The Maturation of the Cryptocurrency Trading Landscape
    • 2.1 The Future of Investment Bank & Institutional Crypto Trading
  • 3.0 A Long Road, Travelled Quickly
  • 4.0 Appendices
    • 4.1 Glossary of Terms
    • 4.2 Table of Figures