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Investing with cryptocurrencies - A liquidity constrained investment approach

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  • Simon Trimborn
  • Mingyang Li
  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle

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Cryptocurrencies have left the dark side of the finance universe and become an object of study for asset and portfolio management. Since they have a low liquidity compared to traditional assets, one needs to take into account liquidity issues when one puts them into the same portfolio. We propose use a LIquidity Bounded Risk-return Optimization (LIBRO) approach, which is a combination of the Markowitz framework under the liquidity constraints. The results show that cryptocurrencies add value to a portfolio and the optimization approach is even able to increase the return of a portfolio and lower the volatility risk. The codes used to obtain the results in this paper are available via www.quantlet.de

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  • Simon Trimborn & Mingyang Li & Wolfgang Karl Härdle, 2017. "Investing with cryptocurrencies - A liquidity constrained investment approach," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2017-014, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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    1. Marie Briere & Kim Oosterlinck & Ariane Szafarz, 2015. "Virtual Currency, Tangible Return: Portfolio Diversification with Bitcoins," Post-Print CEB, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 16(6), pages 365-373.
    2. Simon Trimborn & Wolfgang Karl Härdle, 2015. "CRIX or evaluating Blockchain based currencies," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2015-048, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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    Keywords

    crypto-currency; CRIX; portfolio investment; asset classes; blockchain;

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    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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