Tether, Bitcoin, and how to revive the passé 60/40 investment rule

Sunday 20 September 2020, 1:47 AM AEST - 1 month ago

In light of rising institutional interest and Bitcoins press time RoI of 53.17% YTD, it may be the right time to evaluate what comes after 60/40. Once the mantra of Wall Street Bulls, 60/40 is now a passé strategy. Allocating 60% broadly to stocks and 40% to bonds assured relatively good returns with low-risk exposure back in the 80s and 90s. Fast forward to 2020 and now, alternative investors are eyeing Bitcoin to balance the performance of portfolios afflicted by the Feds 0 to negative interest rates and the unpredictability of global stock markets.

Despite the volatility associated with Bitcoin, its RoI has climbed steadily YoY. The risk-reward ratio is low when the investment period is longer than a quarter, and this has been especially true since 2019. In fact, in January 2019, BTCs price was $3732, before it hiked by 130% to hit $8572 in June 2019.

It should also be noted that there were several profit-taking opportunities at 50%, 70-85%, and 130%. Depending on the desired returns on the portfolio, managers could capitalize on the opportunity and exit based on their risk appetite.

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This year, Bitcoins RoI is perhaps a little underwhelming at 52%. However, before the recent collapse in BTCs price, there were profit booking opportunities from 27 July 2020 right up to 3 September 2020. This also coincided with the post-halving price rally of this market cycle. Having established that returns are lucrative to asset managers, what is the barrier to entry?

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