Reality Shares and Nasdaq announced the launch of an index to track companies in the booming blockchain industry.
Exchange operator Nasdaq and Reality Shares, an investment marketplace, unveiled a new index on Monday designed to capture the growth of blockchain technology.
The smart-beta index called the Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index, is planned to provide the basis for an exchange-traded fund by Reality Shares, according to a press release about the new index. The ETF has already been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Reality Shares.
Blockchain is best known for being the technology underlying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, but it could have applications outside of cryptocurrencies.
Jonathan Johnson, the head of Medici Ventures, a VC subsidiary of Overstock, a company in the index, told Business Insider blockchain could potentially have the same kind of impact as the internet.
"We see blockchain doing for the transfer of value what the internet did for the transfer of info and we want to be at the front of that wave of innovation and change," Johnson said.
As a decentralized ledger, blockchain can facilitate exchanges of assets without the need of a middle-man. As such, it has gripped the attention of Wall Street with companies such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley all participating in at least one blockchain consortium.
But the new index includes a wide-range of companies, according to Reality Shares. Following are five companies featured on the index's site.
Market cap: $320 million
Year-to-date stock performance: 3,204%
"HIVE Blockchain Technologies is building a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. The company has strategically partnered with Genesis Mining Ltd., the world’s leading cryptocurrency mining hashrate provider, to build the next generation of blockchain infrastructure."
Market cap: $111.8 billion
Year-to-date stock performance: 24.8%
"Accenture is working closely with leaders from across a broad range of industries, governments, consortia, the academic community, and its key technology alliances to move blockchain technology forward so that, ultimately, it can help improve the way the world lives and works."
Market cap: $38 billion
Year-to-date stock performance: 33.5%
"Hitachi is a founding member of the Hyperledger Project and consortium, and has partnered with Tech Bureau to use the NEM-based Mijin Blockchain platform for Hitachi’s point management solution “PointInfinity,” which serve 150 million members and users."
Market cap: $1.32 billion
Year-to-date stock performance: 190%
"Overstock operates the tZERO exchange, which has been at at the forefront of the blockchain revolution for years, working closely with regulators since 2015 – launching the world’s first SEC-compliant ATS for blockchain assets, the first private blockchain bond offering, and the first ever public issuance of a blockchain security."
Market cap: $138 billion
Year-to-date stock performance: 26.38%
"SAP sees blockchain as a promising way to simplify complex multi-party processes and create trust among participants. The company is using its expertise in 25 industries and across all lines of business to actively explore blockchain technology and to help clients capitalize on its potential."