Coinbase shares seen as potential index play for traditional finance


  • Coinbase shares attract traditional finance for crypto exposure.
  • Bitwise sees a bright future for Coinbase’s growth.
  • Challenges loom as Coinbase faces legal battles and reduced Ark Invest holdings.

In a recent discussion hosted by Bitcoin advocate Anthony Pompliano, Reflexivity Research co-founder Will Clemente highlighted the growing potential of Coinbase (COIN) shares as an “index play” for traditional financial firms seeking exposure to the cryptocurrency sector. 

This perspective comes as Coinbase expands its offerings and revenue streams despite facing legal challenges and regulatory scrutiny.

Coinbase: A diversified player in the crypto space

Coinbase, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has been gaining attention from traditional finance institutions for its diverse range of services and verticals. According to Will Clemente, many traditional finance firms may consider Coinbase as an “index play” on the cryptocurrency market due to its multifaceted offerings.

Clemente explained,

“Someone might come in the space and say, I bought some Bitcoin, I don’t know which of these other assets to pick; Coinbase feels like a pretty safe kind of index-style play.” 

This view suggests that Coinbase’s extensive presence in the crypto market, with support for various digital assets and services, could serve as a convenient entry point for institutional investors looking to diversify their crypto holdings.

Optimism surrounding Coinbase’s future

Matt Hougan, the Chief Investment Officer of Bitwise, a cryptocurrency asset manager, also expressed optimism about Coinbase’s future. 

Bitwise operates a Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF that includes Coinbase shares in its portfolio. Hougan stated,

“I think Coinbase is executing better than any financial services company in America.”

Bitwise previously predicted that Coinbase’s revenue would double by 2024, but Hougan believes this estimate might be too conservative. He said,

“I almost wonder if their revenues doubling will be too low. So we have a lot of conviction in that.”

This positive outlook on Coinbase’s financial performance indicates the growing confidence in the company’s ability to navigate the evolving crypto landscape.

Beyond exchange: Coinbase’s expanding horizons

While Wall Street often views Coinbase as a traditional exchange, the company has been actively diversifying its revenue streams and expanding its services. 

Coinbase has ventured into staking, becoming a custodian for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), and acquiring a stake in Circle. Additionally, Coinbase introduced Ethereum layer-2 solution “Base” in August, demonstrating its commitment to supporting the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Despite these efforts to diversify and innovate, Coinbase faces challenges on multiple fronts. The company is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which could have significant implications for its operations and regulatory standing. 

Furthermore, several U.S. senators are pushing for bills to impose stricter regulations on the cryptocurrency industry, potentially impacting Coinbase’s business model and operations.

Ark Invest reduces Coinbase holdings

In a noteworthy development, Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest recently reduced its holdings of Coinbase shares. On December 5, Ark Invest offloaded 237,000 COIN shares, valued at approximately $331 million, across three separate funds. Data from Ark CEO Cathie Wood’s official website reveals that ARK Innovation (ARKK) ETF alone sold over 900,000 COIN shares since December.

This reduction in Coinbase holdings by Ark Invest raises questions about the long-term outlook for the cryptocurrency exchange. 

Ark Invest is known for its innovative and forward-thinking approach to investing, and its decision to reduce its exposure to Coinbase may be seen as a reflection of shifting sentiment in the market.

Disclaimer: The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decision.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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