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January 7, 2022

Why now may be the right time to consider investing in Ether

Investing in Ether just got easier


The Ethereum blockchain is considered by many to be the next step in the evolution of the internet. And as usage of what is already the most actively used blockchain in the world increases, demand for Ether, Ethereum’s native coin, should continue to grow.

Why now?


Consider that Ether has become the second-largest cryptocurrency (after bitcoin) on the strength of the Ethereum platform. Developers like Ethereum for its broad set of development tools, smart contracts and large community of experienced programmers. And Ether is the native coin of this blockchain.

Another sign of Ethereum’s staying power is the formation of the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance, which includes many of the biggest names in banking, technology and energy, and is dedicated to developing use cases for Ethereum.

Additionally, we’re currently seeing in real-time just how useful Ethereum technology can be through the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) – which is a global, open alternative to traditional financial services, including savings, loans, trading and more.

How do Ethereum and DeFi benefit each other?

  • Ethereum now hosts six DeFi applications valued at more than $1 billion.
  • DeFi runs on smart contract technology, and Ethereum’s general programmability allows for this sophisticated functionality and enables developers to build financial services decentralized apps.
  • DeFi has experienced exponential growth in 2020 that we anticipate will continue in 2021.
  • The Ethereum blockchain processes about 1.1 million transactions per day (and could grow to more than 66 million per day as Ethereum 2.0 is completed by the end of 2023).
  • Decentralized finance is already generating hundreds of millions in annual revenue.

Performance of Ethereum 


As of January 4, 2022, Ether had a market capitalization of $455 billion. Since the beginning of 2021, the value has increased over 417%.

As of January 4, 2022. Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P., showing daily values of XET/USD.

Investing in Ether


Ether should be considered a growth investment focused on the future of the internet. Think of it like investing in a basket of early stage, high-growth tech stocks and consider allocating accordingly. Of course, investing in Ether is easier said than done, as it can be complicated and expensive for individuals to access.

CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF (ETHX) and CI Ethereum Fund make it easy for all investors to access Ether. The ETF and mutual fund are:



The funds only invest in Ether1You get exposure to Ether without the hassle of keys, digital wallets, cold storage, or the need to convert to cashThe funds’ Ether is stored safely in “cold” storage that is completely offlineThis exciting crypto offering has no investment minimumsInvestors get the expertise of cryptocurrency leaders Galaxy Fund Management and CI Global Asset Management

1The CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF invests in Ether and CI Ethereum Fund provides exposure to Ether by buying units of CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF.

ETHX and CI Ethereum Fund are the world’s first Ether offering with the world’s lowest management fee. 

Also review our additional information to understand Ethereum, where we discussed the ABCs of Ether and the Ethereum blockchain.

About the Author

Galaxy Digital

Galaxy Digital Capital Management LP is a diversified investment management company with a team of long-tenured institutional experienced professionals managing third-party capital across traditional and alternative asset classes, with strong relationships and connectivity in the digital asset, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology sector.


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Published January 7, 2022