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Dear Clients and Partners,
Over the past 24 months, Bitcoin and some of the actively managed crypto strategies have been among the best performing investments. This report is aimed at investors, large or small, who are interested in this space and would like to learn more about the relevant risks and opportunities in this rapidly expanding new market.
The digitalization of finance and the power of 'tokenization' are leading to industry industry-wide changes and disruptions. Going forward, digital assets can be expected to evolve from being just a new asset class to representing a new and powerful way of investing altogether.
Up until the end of 2020, the mainstream press, market analysts and most investment 'experts' were still highly skeptical, if not dismissive. For example, at the end of 2019, the Financial Times confidently proclaimed: ,The promise of bitcoin has proved to be elusive.' However, their tone has changed since. Now, as 2021 ends and as we trudge deeper into the muck of 'Pandemiculitis', digital assets and disrupted ledger technology (DLT) have taken a huge step forward.
When I first started seriously looking into blockchain technology and its possible applications back in 2017, the industry was in a state of ICO frenzy, and I was highly skeptical as well. Most of the business models I reviewed back then, including some of the 'hottest ICO stories', didn't even look good on paper, let alone in reality. The level of hype and speculation very much reminded me of the Dotcom bubble.
Nevertheless, I still recognized the incredible opportunities of DLT. It has the potential to radically transform all kinds of industries, and not just finance. Therefore, in December of 2018, with a few friends and business partners, I founded a technology startup called 'aXedras'. Today, only three years later, the company, with its core product called Bullion Integrity Ledger (TM), is a leading contender to become the number one DLT-based supply chain management tool for the global precious metals industry.
As a result, I have had the privilege of being right in the middle of the action here in Switzerland, witnessing first-hand the growing momentum, the unbelievable potential, as well as the positive support and constructive regulatory decisions of the Swiss government, all of which have made the Swiss Crypto Valley a global hotspot of fintech and blockchain innovation.
I am convinced that this 'genie is out of the bottle' and that investors need to pay attention. How you invest, how you structure your portfolio, and how you protect and preserve your wealth will be impacted by it.
Therefore, I hope this report will be helpful in that context. Ideally, it should serve you as a starting point. I truly look forward to your feedback, your questions, to the conversations this report will hopefully inspire, and to continue sharing with you the journey of investing, which never ceases to surprise and amaze me.
Frank R. Suess
Founding Partner and Executive Chairman
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