Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan

Formal First Name
Matthew (Matt)

Matt Hougan is the Chief Investment Officer Bitwise Asset Management, the creator of the world's first cryptocurrency index fund. In this role, he helps in building and refining the index methodologies that underlie the firm’s investment products. As one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, financial technology, and disruption, Hougan conducts fundamental research into the role crypto assets can play in a diversified portfolio. He is a strong believer in the power of this digital asset to improve both the world and investor portfolios.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • While at Inside ETFs, Hougan helped guide efforts to educate financial advisors on the role ETFs and index-based investments can play in building efficient portfolios.
  • While at, he helped create the first institutionally oriented ETF classification and ratings system. 
  • He is a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable.

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Equbot, creator of the world’s first artificial-intelligence-driven family of ETFs
  • Strategic Advisor to StratiFi, an award-winning software building industry-leading risk analytics tools for financial advisors


  • His work and thoughts on crypto have been featured in leading publications, including Barron’s, Institutional Investor, and CNBC.
  • He co-authored the CFA Institute’s “Monograph on ETFs.”
  • He has been featured on Bloomberg’s “Masters of Business.”