Key Considerations in Digital Assets Investing and Mitigating Its Risks

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The digital assets ecosystem has gained tremendous popularity worldwide, including in Singapore, as investors seek new opportunities in the digital age. However, this alternative asset class comes with inherent volatility, unique characteristics, and a growing need to respond to evolving risks.

 

A digital assets investment approach that addresses these risks, masters the rapidly growing digital assets ecosystem and incorporates sound investment and portfolio strategies will be paramount in protecting your investments.

 

Here are some key considerations for digital assets investing:

 

 

1. Different ways to gain exposure to digital assets

Understanding the key drivers of growth in the digital asset space is essential for successful investment strategies. On top of institutional investors, High-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and family offices (FOs) in Hong Kong and Singapore have shown increasing interest in digital assets. They recognise the potential for substantial returns and diversification benefits and have seen “outsized returns, although recent volatility may have an impact on expectations. The increase in mainstream institutional investors investing in digital assets has also given FOs and HNWIs more confidence about the sector.” according to KPMG’s Investing in Digital Assets report.

 

The report revealed that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are the preferred digital assets for FOs and HNWIs, while growing interest is seen in stablecoins, NFTs, and DeFi. Beyond investing in digital assets directly, FOs and HNWIs can also make equity investments into digital asset service providers, such as cryptocurrency exchanges, blockchain infrastructure providers and software developers, as another way to gain exposure to the asset class.

 

Another way would be to invest through mutual funds or private funds that are managed by a third party. Beyond this, there are several other possible investment strategies and vehicles such as derivatives, futures and options, as well as structured products. It is important that you fully consider the different possibilities, beyond just buying tokens directly.

 

2. Risks and specific considerations associated with Digital Assets

Digital assets introduce various risks and specific considerations that investors must carefully evaluate. One major concern is the prevalence of fraud and scams that have plagued the digital asset space, making it necessary to exercise caution and due diligence.

 

In addition, there are risks specific to each asset or protocol, including the security and stability of that protocol. Another challenge is the regulatory uncertainty surrounding digital assets, as the regulatory landscape is still evolving. This lack of clear regulations may leave investors without the same level of legal protection as traditional investments. Investing directly into tokens also presents a set of specific considerations around efficient trade execution and safe custody.

 

Additionally, digital assets are a volatile asset class and market risk considerations come into play.

3. Risks Assessment and Management

Once risks are identified, they need to be managed. Implementing risk management practices, such as stress testing and periodic audits, helps investors evaluate the resilience of investment strategies.

 

Applying the principles of investment and risk management to construct and manage digital asset portfolios and utilising analytical tools and techniques to evaluate investment opportunities will enable you to make informed investment decisions that align with the investment goals.

 

4. Deploying a diversification strategy

Digital asset diversification strategies can involve spreading investment across different crypto token types within the digital asset space such as blockchain tokens, DeFi tokens, NFTs or stablecoins, as well as geographical regions, various investment strategies, and overall asset allocation. In addition, implementing appropriate risk management techniques and conducting thorough research is important when diversifying digital asset investments.

 

However, it is important to note that diversification does not guarantee profit or protect against losses. Education is key in developing a discerning perspective guided by long-term orientation, enabling you to skillfully navigate market cycles and adapt to evolving investment paradigms.

 

5. Considering the regulatory landscape

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has a regulatory approach to managing digital asset risks. They address money laundering and terrorist financing risks, manage technology and cyber risks, safeguard retail investors, uphold stability in stablecoins, and mitigate potential financial stability risks.

 

For digital asset investors, this means there are a number of opportunities to get involved in the digital asset ecosystem in Singapore. However, it is important to be aware of the risks involved and to do your research before investing in any digital asset.

 

Some opportunities for investors include investing in digital assets that are issued by regulated companies, backed by real assets and are used in real-world applications.

 

Conclusion

In the ever-shifting realm of digital assets, it is important to remember that they represent a new and volatile asset class with its own set of specific characteristics. By arming yourself with a solid understanding of this asset class, individuals can effectively manage their digital asset portfolios and make informed decisions that align with their financial goals and risk tolerance.

 

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Our programme covers fundamental topics like the digital asset ecosystem, investment strategies, and risk management. Delve into essential subjects including the digital asset ecosystem, and examine in-depth crypto custody considerations, and exploration of investment strategies, while comprehensively analysing risk management factors.

 

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