Monthly Crypto Portfolio (Dec 2019)

Monthly Crypto Portfolio (Dec 2019)

By NewAgeInvestor | New Age Investor | 20 Jan 2020


The end of another year has passed without much fireworks in the crypto markets as many continue to have expected. Instead, the market has remained relatively stagnant and weak despite adoption metrics continuing to improve. Measured in market capitalization, the last month of the year saw a decline from $201 billion to $191 billion. However, that compares to starting the year at $129 billion which highlights that it was still a good year when measured in total.


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The performance over the last year highlights two important investing considerations across many markets. First, asset allocation is the fundamental factor when considering performance in any portfolio. Only two assets, Binance Coin and ChainLink, outperformed bitcoin in 2019. This is demonstrated as bitcoin dominance went from 51% to 68% this year. Second, timing the market continues to be a highly volatile strategy as buying some of these assets at the beginning of the year and selling at the highs would have been the best approach. However, many continued to buy believing that another large rise would come after bitcoin approach $13k earlier in the year. A lot of the returns continue to be concentrated in a small amount of days which signals that holding continues to pay off over time.  


My portfolio underperformed both the market and bitcoin as one of my biggest bets during the bull market, tZero, has been disastrous. The token finally became available to all investors earlier this year but I believe that limited success in adoption of their ambitious platform and lack of liquidity has made it also lose over 90% of its value since the STO capital raise. I still like the concept and potential of the project but challenges remain ahead for it. This has impacted my ability to increase the amount of my assets held in crypto assets to my goals this year as the rest have preserved their capital.  

Aside from Steem, which also performed poorly, my additions to the portfolio have also gone down. However, my positions that have been increased have at least held their rankings in the Top 100 cryptocurrencies available. This is encouraging as I still believe that a large capitulation moment is still needed before the market improves. Seeing over 3,000 assets available is ridiculous considering the still immature adoption and progress the technology has had so far. However, those that do survive will surely benefit and outperform longer term.


Bitcoin remains King of all cryptos despite it also limited development and innovation. However, growth in adoption and use ate supporting its continued lead over all others. That is why I have now held my position in bitcoin stable for three years now! Despite the urges to exchange for others, it has been the core to my portfolio. In fact, considering the weakness recently seen, I may consider adding to the position if the opportunity arises at attractive prices like early this year.  

Another month of little activity for the portfolio except for the continuation of my DAI periodic purchase. It was fun learning more about the DeFi initiative and how DAI is leading it this month as their upgrade went through. I have yet to follow up on the progress of my savings deposited but it has continued to interest me to grow that position. It has also gotten me to consider to continue adding to my Ether position to participate in the Maker side as well; however, still need to learn more. Given the price of Ether, it could be a good risk/reward opportunity given the expected development of DeFi and the protocol in general.  

Overall, no change in my strategy to continue adding to exposure to the asset class while trying to be opportunistic in adding to positions when prices appear attractive. However, nothing is guaranteed so never putting too much that could impact my financial position overall. My disposable capital has remained somewhat limited but there may be potential in the coming quarter to deploy more to the portfolio. In the meantime, I will keep informed of the opportunities and trends in the asset class to adjust the portfolio accordingly.  

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