This Year’s Most Compelling Crypto Story: What Ethereum’s Upgrade Means for Investors – Bitwise Asset Management – 4.19.22


Title: This Year’s Most Compelling Crypto Story: What Ethereum’s Upgrade Means for Investors
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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For many investors, their entrance into crypto starts with bitcoin. But as they explore the landscape further, their next stop is often Ethereum, the world’s second-most valuable blockchain on which the majority of DeFi and NFT-related activity are hosted. This summer, Ethereum will make headlines when it implements one of the most significant software upgrades in crypto history.

In this special one-hour webcast, Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan, Director of Research David Lawant, and Crypto Research Analyst Anais Rachel will discuss Ethereum’s role in the digital asset space, what the coming upgrade means for Ethereum and ETH-holders, and how advisors can address client questions about crypto’s second-most prominent asset.

Topics include:

  • An overview of what Ethereum is, how it’s different from Bitcoin, and why it’s so popular
  • Why Ethereum is going through such a massive overhaul
  • A high-level discussion of “The Merge” — the first key milestone of the multi-phase upgrade launching as early as June 2022
  • Considerations for advisors who have clients invested in Ethereum, or for clients who are considering an investment in the second-largest crypto network


Matt Hougan Matt Hougan Chief Investment Officer Bitwise Asset Management

Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest provider of cryptocurrency index funds. He was previously CEO of and Inside ETFs, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system, the leading ETF media site, and the world’s largest ETF conference.

Matt is co-author of two publications for the CFA Institute Research Foundation: “A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds” and “Cryptoassets: The Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Professional Investors.” He is a crypto columnist for Forbes, a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable, a member of the ETFdb’s ETF Hall of Fame, and the eighth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from for contributions to the ETF industry.

Hougan sits on the board of directors for Equbot, creator of the first AI-driven ETFs (in partnership with IBM Watson), and is a strategic advisor to multiple crypto- and financial advisor-related startups, including Blockworks, Stratifi, Advisor Circle, and Exchange.

David Lawant David Lawant Director of Research Bitwise Asset Management

David Lawant is a research analyst at Bitwise Asset Management. Previously, he worked for 10 years as an equity research analyst for J.P. Morgan and Itau BBA, the largest investment bank in Latin America. Lawant was ranked 13 times in the Institutional Investor Ranking among the leading analysts in his space. Previously, he was also a co-founder at Iron Capital, a Brazilian investment boutique, and a partner a Hashdex, a crypto index fund. Lawant holds a B.A. in electrical engineering from Sao Paulo’s University and a M.S. in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Anais Rachel Anais Rachel Crypto Research Analyst Bitwise Asset Management

Anais Rachel is a Crypto Research Analyst at Bitwise Asset Management, where she focuses on Layer 1s, Layer 2s, and Web3. Prior to joining, she was an analyst at Autonomous Partners, a cryptocurrency hedge fund and blockchain-focused venture capital firm, where she focused on infrastructure and monetary use cases. Before Autonomous, Anais worked in impact investing with a focus on emerging markets at Capria Ventures in Seattle and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.