For investors adding crypto exposure to their portfolio, it would mean reducing their allocation to traditional asset classes such as stocks, bonds and cash, which Vanguard views as the building blocks of a prudent, well-balanced investment program.
Perhaps a valuation model or framework will evolve in time but until (or if) it does, we view crypto as highly speculative and worth only what the next person is willing to pay. So, along with gold, it’s staying out of Vanguard’s standard asset allocation models.
But if you do decide to invest in a cryptocurrency, then perhaps consider allocating it to the satellite portion of your portfolio rather than going all in, leaving the core of the portfolio invested in broad-based, diversified funds.
This approach will help temper the volatility that crypto delivers. And remember, without the benefit of diversification, volatility will go both ways. There is no doubt some people have benefited from crypto’s rise and many more will make money in the future.
But as recent events have illustrated, others have lost significant amounts and many…