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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are an emotionally laden topic. But since the hype is in full swing, I thought I would follow up on a previous Monday Market Commentary, which only provided a rough overview of the NFT space.
Since posting that commentary, I have had the chance to have quite a few conversations with both non-NFT holders and NFT holders. One of the interesting takeaways for me has been that most of the conversations with non-NFT holders became pretty emotional pretty quickly. Usually, we ended up discussing what our personal opinion was on a particular item (mainly digital art and profile pictures).
I am far from calling myself an art expert, or digital art expert, for that matter. But I do know that art is one of the most difficult assets to put a price on. So, coming back to my heated discussions with friends and family, we actually missed the point when we argued about the value of a certain piece of art. This is because we actually have no clue how it is valued. But the point I want to make is that even if most of the people in the NFT space are not art experts, people looking in from the outside should not place judgement (without digging in a bit deeper first).
Another point I want to make is that NFTs do not only consist of CryptoPunks and EtherRocks. NFTs (nonfungible tokens) have a very specific function (namely, to be nonfungible), which gives them unique value propositions. NFTs can be used in the art, gaming, finance, and real estate sector, to name just a few.
We had a very interesting Knowledge Pooling Session last Friday, where our Head of Research, Lewin Boehnke, tried to take the emotional side of things out by explaining the tech behind it. He also mentioned a few simple steps on how to do one’s own due diligence (at least in terms of the tech). In many cases, an NFT does (not yet) make a lot of sense: its enforceability is not always a given, since the blockchain data is not the final truth. Here’s an example of this: when you buy a piece of land packaged into an NFT, ownership still needs to entered into the Land Registry (“Grundbuchamt” in Switzerland). If you do not have proof of ownership in the registry, it will be difficult for you to enforce your claim on that piece of land.
My advice to you on this topic is this: try and keep an open mind. Look into the topic first so that you can have meaningful conversations about it with others. Debates based on emotions and the price of a given NFT alone will not get us anywhere. To quote a good friend of mine after we had a emotionally laden debate: “There are cool things and silly things. It’s just so damn hard to draw the line between the two.”
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