Crypto fund manager Bitwise has launched two new funds to address client demand | From Banks to Bitcoin: J.P. Morgan employees who have left Wall Street for the crypto world

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“ConsenSys 2.0 requires us to evaluate our endeavors more rigorously. We will seek to run leaner projects because often better decisions are made in a context of more constrained resources. Scarcity sharpens the senses and forces discernment in decision making. Lush plentitude, while perhaps a noble goal in many circumstances, should be hard won; otherwise it leads to complacency and dull-wittedness.” — Joe Lubin, Founder ConsenSys

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California-based Bitwise Asset Management on Wednesday announced the launch of two new crypto funds, a move that could put the firm up against one of the largest investors in the market for digital currencies. 

The two funds, The Bitwise Bitcoin Fund and the Bitwise Ethereum Fund, join the asset manager’s crypto basket Bitwise 10 Private Index Fund. Bitwise says its clients have been clamoring for crypto-specific funds to invest in despite the bear market. “The 68% drawdown in bitcoin prices this year has given investors a unique opportunity to enter the market at prices many thought we’d never see again,” said Hunter Horsley, Bitwise CEO.

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