Bitcoin’s Role in a Traditional Portfolio

San Francisco • August 28, 2023

What influence has bitcoin had on a diversified portfolio’s risk-adjusted returns? 

In this newly updated study, the Bitwise research team evaluates the historical impact of adding bitcoin to a traditional 60/40 stocks/bonds portfolio. Drawing on comprehensive data from nearly a decade of bitcoin returns, the study examines a wide variety of rebalancing strategies, allocation sizes, and holding periods. 

The findings are remarkable. 

Assuming quarterly rebalancing, bitcoin would have contributed positively to a diversified portfolio’s returns in 70% of one-year periods, 94% of two-year periods, and 100% of three-year periods since 2014. The study also highlights bitcoin’s counterintuitive influence on portfolio risk metrics and addresses three key questions investors should ask when considering a bitcoin allocation.

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  • Matt Hougan

    Matt Hougan

    Chief Investment Officer
  • Gayatri Choudhury

    Quantitative Crypto Research Analyst
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