The Full Breakdown

What are Digital Assets

Digital Assets use cryptography to secure and verify transactions as well as to control the creation of new units of a particular digital asset/cryptocurrency. Essentially, digital assets are limited entries in a database that no one can change unless specific conditions are fulfilled. There are over 3,000 different digital assets in existence today.

Emerging Asset Class

Digital assets have become an emerging asset class. Although presently unregulated, tremendous strides are taking place to ensure that digital assets become a regulated asset class like traditional investments. Consequently, this provides a tremendous opportunity for early adopters.  Even though the digital asset market is high risk, it can provide a high reward. Therefore, it is essential to diversify by gaining exposure to this emerging asset class.

Power of Diversifying with Digital Assets

Adding digital assets to your portfolio can be an effective way to diversify and create higher risk adjusted returns. Digital assets are non-correlated with traditional markets and can actually improve the risk profile of your portfolio. Below is a GCG Market Research study of 4 different portfolios with an inception date of January 1st, 2015 and an end date of May 31st, 2018.

Every portfolio that had digital asset exposure outperformed the portfolio with no digital asset exposure, the “Traditional” portfolio. By adding a digital asset allocation, all three portfolios increased their average return and reduced their US Market Correlation. More importantly, all three portfolios were able to reduce their maximum drawdowns. Given digital assets are non-correlated with traditional investments, they may act as a hedge for your portfolio.

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