Crypto Update: The institutionalisation of an asset class Crypto Update: The institutionalisation of an asset class Crypto Update: The institutionalisation of an asset class

Crypto Update: The institutionalisation of an asset class

Picture of Jacob Pouncy
Jacob Pouncey

Cryptocurrency analyst, Saxo Bank

This week the entire crypto market cap rose 8% to just over $265 billion. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum increased by roughly 6% since last week. Despite the increase in the market cap, the market still remains in the long term downtrend started in January this year. The market would need to sustain a significant rally above the $300bn level, with larger volumes, to signify a reversal of the trend.

Coinbase launches custody service

On Monday, Coinbase announced the launch of its crypto asset custody service for institutions. The service is a regulated service for institutions to store their digital assets offline. The minimum account size is $10 miilion, and the service charges a $100,000 set-up fee and a 10 basis point monthly fee. Coinbase Custody is only available in the US and Europe for now and has 10 customers. Coinbase hopes to have $5bn in the service by year-end.

This service is one of few that will grant institutions an avenue to invest in cryptocurrencies. 

SEC makes it easier for ETFs to get listed

Last week, the US Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new rule that would make it substantially easier to bring exchange-traded funds to market. The rule would create a streamlined process for unleveraged and simply designed funds to get approval. This new rule could help speed up the arrival of a crypto ETF. Van Eck Associates and SolidX Partners re-submitted their bid to bring a physically-backed Bitcoin ETF to market after addressing the concerns of the SEC.

Something that it is interesting to note is that the price per a share of the ETF is equivalent to 25 bitcoins, which is five times the CME futures contact. It is safe to say that the ETF is meant for institutions and not the average retail investor. We would not expect volumes to be incredibly high considering the capital requirement for exposure in the ETF.



The Saxo Bank Group entities each provide execution-only service and access to Analysis permitting a person to view and/or use content available on or via the website. This content is not intended to and does not change or expand on the execution-only service. Such access and use are at all times subject to (i) The Terms of Use; (ii) Full Disclaimer; (iii) The Risk Warning; (iv) the Rules of Engagement and (v) Notices applying to Saxo News & Research and/or its content in addition (where relevant) to the terms governing the use of hyperlinks on the website of a member of the Saxo Bank Group by which access to Saxo News & Research is gained. Such content is therefore provided as no more than information. In particular no advice is intended to be provided or to be relied on as provided nor endorsed by any Saxo Bank Group entity; nor is it to be construed as solicitation or an incentive provided to subscribe for or sell or purchase any financial instrument. All trading or investments you make must be pursuant to your own unprompted and informed self-directed decision. As such no Saxo Bank Group entity will have or be liable for any losses that you may sustain as a result of any investment decision made in reliance on information which is available on Saxo News & Research or as a result of the use of the Saxo News & Research. Orders given and trades effected are deemed intended to be given or effected for the account of the customer with the Saxo Bank Group entity operating in the jurisdiction in which the customer resides and/or with whom the customer opened and maintains his/her trading account. Saxo News & Research does not contain (and should not be construed as containing) financial, investment, tax or trading advice or advice of any sort offered, recommended or endorsed by Saxo Bank Group and should not be construed as a record of our trading prices, or as an offer, incentive or solicitation for the subscription, sale or purchase in any financial instrument. To the extent that any content is construed as investment research, you must note and accept that the content was not intended to and has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such, would be considered as a marketing communication under relevant laws.

Please read our disclaimers:
Notification on Non-Independent Investment Research (
Full disclaimer (
Full disclaimer (

Saxo Bank A/S (Headquarters)
Philip Heymans Alle 15

Contact Saxo

Select region


Trade responsibly
All trading carries risk. Read more. To help you understand the risks involved we have put together a series of Key Information Documents (KIDs) highlighting the risks and rewards related to each product. Read more

This website can be accessed worldwide however the information on the website is related to Saxo Bank A/S and is not specific to any entity of Saxo Bank Group. All clients will directly engage with Saxo Bank A/S and all client agreements will be entered into with Saxo Bank A/S and thus governed by Danish Law.

Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the US and other countries and regions. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.