According to UK research firm Autonomous NEXT there are now 68 crypto hedge funds which is a significant jump since the start of the year; while calling themselves hedge funds many of these new entities are not structured like a typical hedge fund and they don't have institutional backing; as the interest in cryptocurrencies grows, the market will continue seeing new entrants trying to capitalize on the rising value. Source.
With cryptocurrency market caps rising and futures markets being adopted 2017 saw hedge funds pour over $2bn into the space; the figures come from a Morgan Stanley note sent to clients with research included from Autonomous NEXT; the note also shows 84 of 100 crypto related funds started in 2017; this year has helped the market to begin being more widely accepted by traditional institutional investors. Source.
Through Autonomous NEXT the research firm will provide a suite of products and services with in-depth analysis of banking innovation and fintech; Autonomous Deputy CEO Erick Davis says, "We discovered untapped demand for insight on financial technology and innovation, and are excited to bring this to market."; focus areas will include robo advisors, blockchain, neobanks, insurtech, chatbots and artificial intelligence; in its first available report the firm provides metrics on fintech growth by financial services category. Source