While the 2017 surge and subsequent drop in cryptocurrencies — both in companies and in their associated assets — left some disillusioned with the space, progress has continued unabated.


Unlike the prior run, however, this recent traction is attributable to institutional managers recognizing the long-term value of major cryptocurrencies, as well as an increase in predictable regulation for the industry. At the same time, cryptocurrencies became more accessible to retail investors thanks in part to payment services (PayPal, Square et al) making digital assets available to their formidable user bases. As the market continues to mature, blockchain investments have the regulatory backdrop, institutional validation, and mass-market access that lays the foundation for many decentralized applications in the coming years.

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