23 Mar, 22

Zerocap, the First Australian Crypto Asset Firm to Issue Crypto Structured Products

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Joe Wilson

Junior Trader

In November 2021, Zerocap became the first Australian cryptocurrency firm to issue Crypto Structured Products via Zerocap’s derivative’s licence. In this article, we provide details on the advantages of investing in crypto structured products and why Zerocap is in a unique position to offer such products to investors in Australia.

What are Crypto Structured Products?

Structured Products are a way to combine multiple assets and strategies into one investment with defined risk return characteristics. Structured products are highly customisable and can efficiently match an individual investor’s risk-return objectives. They can also be implemented to achieve better risk return trade-offs and non-directional returns. Crypto structured products hold the same qualities and frameworks, but are based on crypto assets. Zerocap acts as an issuer of these instruments, creating tailored products that help investors achieve their goals.

High Volatility Equals Greater Opportunity

Crypto markets are approximately 7x more volatile than equity markets. Depicted below is the historical volatility of crypto markets compared to equity markets. 

When compared to traditional markets, the value derived from notes is far greater in the crypto space because of its volatility. It is one of the few markets in the world that maintains an average higher implied volatility ratio when compared to realised volatility. 

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This means that options are priced at a mathematical premium, and allow investors to earn much higher yields on positions when selling volatility (fully covered positions). In doing so, we capture substantially enhanced yields ranging from 20% to 40% annualised on cash and major crypto pairs, and higher for altcoins. We have recently begun offering this opportunity to our customers.

Enter the Market with Limited Downside & Significant Upside

Bitcoin YEEN Entry Notes are an example of a Structured Product we run in house. These Notes provide investors with return streams against a range of crypto assets – including Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Importantly, this product is designed as a win-win scenario so that investors are exposed to a dual benefit of receiving high yield or entering the market at a lower price than today’s spot market. If markets settle above the lower reference strike at expiry investors receive a fixed return in cash. Alternatively, if the market settles below the reference strike at expiry, investors own Bitcoin at a lower level than current market levels plus also receive yield.

Zerocap is uniquely positioned to provide investors with exposure to these opportunities. Through our structured product offering, investors can enter the market with limited downside, significant upside and generate yield independently of market moves. 

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Rolling Notes

These notes become particularly interesting when you roll them continuously. In doing so, investors are able to split their allocation month on month, which harvests the yield curve whilst smoothing the return profile. Returns can be compounded for growth.

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Or, conversely, be set up as a rolling income stream.

Below is the monthly income stream from a notional $1m investment since Sep 2020.

Why is Zerocap uniquely positioned to provide Crypto Structured Products? 

We are one of the only cryptocurrency firms in Australia holding a derivatives licence that can issue structured notes to investors. We can price these structured products against major cryptocurrencies, as well as lesser-known altcoins, and can do so against cash and crypto as margin on an over-the-counter (OTC) basis. 

Structured products are traditionally popular instruments designed by investment banks as a way to combine multiple investments to create better risk return attributes for professional investors. Zerocap’s experienced trading team have taken the traditional tools used by investment banks and enhanced them. Toby used to be Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and was recently running over $1B at UBS, William was heading up emerging markets at Westpac and before that was Director of Global Macro Trading at Deutsche Bank. Leo has had structured experience as a Director of Standard Chartered Bank. Paul spent 8-years at Optiver. In addition to our entire trading team who bring huge value to our business and clients.

How to get involved in Crypto Structured Products and More

Reach out to our team to learn more about the different structured products we offer and how to get involved.  

We also just launched a new bitcoin fund that solves the volatility problem! Titled the Zerocap Smart Beta Bitcoin Fund, we officially announced its release on the Australian Financial Review.

About Zerocap

Founded and bootstrapped in 2017 by three individuals with a mix of tech, finance and entrepreneurial backgrounds, Zerocap is a market-leading digital asset investment bank, providing unique investment products and technology to forward-thinking investors and institutions globally. We have a growing team of 50 staff, focused on providing the smartest advice and technology for wholesale investors and institutions. 

– $1B in notional spot volume to date

– Regulated with a Financial Services License (AFSL) with bilateral derivatives capability

– Backed by Australia’s largest Family Office, the Victor Smorgon Group

– Bespoke Lloyds of London Insurance on custodial assets

– SOC 2 Audit (Due Q2, 2022)

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