People that invested in Pantera Capital, one of the first crypto hedge funds, have seen a return of 10,136% since its launch in July 2013. It is an illustration of just how phenomenal growth has been in the crypto space long term. This article explores how this return percentage compares to the typical stock market, and how it compares to simply holding Bitcoin.

The S&P 500 is considered by many experts to be the best measure of the stock market in the United States, alongside the NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrial Average. The S&P 500 index has risen from about 1,650 points in July 2013 to 2,800 today, which is a 70% increase. This represents an excellent rate of return in the stock world. Hedge funds based on stocks strive to have an even better rate of return than the S&P 500; not all succeed.

On average, returns from investments into stock-based hedge funds are probably around 70%, which is far less than the return seen from crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital during the same time. Without a doubt, investing in the crypto space in 2013 ended up being a far better decision than investing in stocks, but that reward came with great risk. No one knew for sure that crypto would grow like it did; many experts said that crypto would go to zero.

On 21 August 2013, the founder and CEO of Pantera Capital issued a forecast that Bitcoin would hit USD 5,000, which was quite an aggressive and courageous forecast considering that Bitcoin was only at USD 104 when he made that forecast. As of this writing on 30 July 2018, Bitcoin is almost exactly at USD 8,000, so his forecast has more than been verified. This represents an increase in Bitcoin’s price of 7,592%.

This means that for now, Pantera Capital has outperformed Bitcoin, which is considered the gold standard of crypto, by thousands of per cent since 2013.

 

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