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Optimal vs naïve diversification in cryptocurrencies

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  • Platanakis, Emmanouil
  • Sutcliffe, Charles
  • Urquhart, Andrew

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This paper contributes to the literature on cryptocurrencies by examining the performance of naïve (1/N) and optimal (Markowitz) diversification in a portfolio of four popular cryptocurrencies. We employ weekly data with weekly rebalancing and show there is very little to select between naïve diversification and optimal diversification. Our results hold for different levels of risk-aversion and an alternative estimation window.

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  • Platanakis, Emmanouil & Sutcliffe, Charles & Urquhart, Andrew, 2018. "Optimal vs naïve diversification in cryptocurrencies," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 171(C), pages 93-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:171:y:2018:i:c:p:93-96
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2018.07.020
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