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The influence of Bitcoin on portfolio diversification and design

Md Akhtaruzzaman, Ahmet Sensoy and Shaen Corbet ()

Finance Research Letters, 2020, vol. 37, issue C

Abstract: We employ a VARMA DCC-GARCH model to search for portfolio diversification with Bitcoin in global industry portfolios and bond index. We find lower dynamic conditional correlations between Bitcoin and industry portfolios and bond index, allowing an investment in Bitcoin to hedge the risk against industry portfolios and bonds. The most effective hedge in a Bitcoin/industry (bond) portfolio is to short Utilities sector. Results are robust to the use of US industry portfolios and a cryptocurrency index instead of global industry portfolios and Bitcoin, respectively. Our results can help investors make informed decisions with regard to risk management and portfolio analysis.

Keywords: Bitcoin; DCC; Optimal portfolio; Hedge ratio; Diversification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G11 G12 G14 G15 G23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2019.101344

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