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Riding the Wave of Change

Chicago, IL – February 29, 2024 – To the casual observer, the major U.S. indices may seem relatively quiet, with modest gains in the Nasdaq and S&P 500 Indexes. However, beneath the surface lies a different story. Skeptics have long criticized the market rally, labeling it as precarious, propped up primarily by a select few mega-cap giants, like Meta Platforms. Yet, recent developments have shattered that argument, exposing the resilience of the broader market, as seen in Tuesday’s unexpected price movements.

During turbulent times, investors typically seek refuge in stable, undervalued stocks like AT&T. However, the current climate steers in the opposite direction, with investors prioritizing growth over security. In this scenario, the bullish undertow has revealed three key β€œrisk-on” sectors offering valuable insights:

Β· Bitcoin & Crypto: The allure of Bitcoin surges as it approaches all-time highs post the Bitcoin ETF launch.

Β· Small Caps: Despite a lag in 2023, the Russell 2000 Index ETF is now playing catch-up, marking a 1.42% gain on Tuesday.

Β· Biotech: Traditionally overlooked and underperforming, the biotech domain is now emerging as a standout performer in 2024.

Delving deeper into these sectors unveils the driving forces propelling their ascent:

The Crypto Surge

β€œBitcoin is in the price discovery phase. Maybe really for the first time since it’s been an asset as now the bulk of U.S. wealth has easy access. Hard to predict where we stop.” ` Mike Novogratz, CEO, Galaxy Investment Partners

Institutional Adoption Gains Traction

The advent of Bitcoin ETFs has lived up to the hype, opening floodgates to institutional adoption following the SEC’s reluctant approval. Noteworthy institutions like Fidelity now allocate a percentage of their portfolios to cryptocurrencies, with vast AUM platforms embracing the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF enthusiastically.

The insatiable demand has shifted Bitcoin’s trajectory toward the $60,000 threshold, nearing all-time highs as of early Wednesday.

The Rise of Small Caps

Despite a prolonged spell of underperformance, the Russell 2000 Index ETF is poised to break free from its historical downturn. Significantly, a resurgence in small-cap investor sentiment is evident through relative strength metrics, with IWM outperforming benchmark indexes like the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Notably, small caps recently witnessed a surge in inflows, marking a pivotal turnaround.

A Biotech Renaissance

Biotech, typically considered a high-risk sector due to its unpredictable regulatory landscape and hefty R&D costs, is having a resurgence. A standout on Tuesday was Viking Therapeutics, which soared 121% as it announced positive results for its phase 2 weight loss drug.

Although the biotech industry is laden with risks, the promising trajectory of the weight loss drug category alone hints at a sustainable uplift for the sector in the coming years.

A Broadened Perspective

While skeptics have harped on about the narrow leadership in mega-cap tech stocks, the market is undergoing a swift transformation, bolstered by up-and-coming segments like crypto, small caps, and biotech.

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