Invstr Launches Crypto Index Available on Mobile App

Ricardo Esteves

Ricardo Esteves has seen business and economics through many lenses. He joined the Financial Services Industry in 2009, and has been a financial journalist since 2011. He holds a degree in Business Administration and has experience producing real-time news, from both buy-side and sell-side, as well as for retail traders, brokers and service providers. Esteves' work has appeared in a variety of online publications including FX Street and FinanceFeeds.

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Invstr Launches Crypto Index Available on Mobile App

February 7, 2019

Mobile trading technology platform Invstr has launched its Cryptocurrency Index to make it easier for everyday investors to follow the markets. Currently comprising 18 cryptocurrencies, the index features a range of categories, including asset, payment and utility tokens with their weights being calculated according to their respective market volatility rather than their market capitalization. The index will be adjusted quarterly.

Holding cryptocurrencies in a diversified portfolio with a modest exposure can both improve the return of the portfolio as well reduce the volatility of its returns. The choice of departing from traditional market-capitalisation weighting methodologies was seen as appropriate taking into account the high volatility in the cryptocurrency market.

Kerim Derhalli, Chief Executive Officer at Invstr
Kerim Derhalli, Chief Executive Officer at Invstr

Kerim Derhalli, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Retail investors want to know whether they should be invested in cryptocurrencies and what the impact of that investment will be on their portfolios. Traditional indices measure impact on the asset class not an investor’s portfolio. If you are a large fund manager you want to know what impact you will have on the market when you enter or exit an asset class. This is not a relevant consideration for smaller investors who want to know what the impact will be on their portfolios. The Invstr Crypto Index addresses this by using weightings that optimise risk-reward based on the volatility of the constituent assets”.

The Invstr Crypto Index will be freely available to Invstr app users who will be able to easily compare the price performance of specific cryptocurrencies against the overall index. Every quarter, the index may be subject to weight rebalancing, the addition of new and stable crypto assets, and the removal of suspended or distorted cryptocurrencies.

The index is made up of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Dash, EOS, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, IOTA, Litecoin, Monero, Neo, NEM, OmiseGo, Qtum, Ripple, TenX, Verge, and Zcash.

For the purpose of US-traded securities trading, including fractional trading, Invstr is partnered with US-based broker-dealer DriveWealth LLC, a regulated member of FINRA/SIPC.

DriveWealth was founded in 2012 to provide brokers, digital advisors and mobile online financial services companies seamless access to the U.S. securities market. In August 2018, the company partnered with robo-advisory technology provider Bambu to launch a white-label, end-to-end robo-advisory platform solution for the wealth management industry. In December 2018, DriveWealth partnered with Miami-based online brokerage Avenue Securities to provide Brazilian retail investors. with access to securities traded on U.S. exchanges.
TradingCentral has also partnered with the broker-dealer in late 2018. The deal enables both the companies to leverage common elements of their businesses: seamless, digital, mobile-first transaction capabilities and sophisticated, accessible and actionable financial content.

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