Which Bitcoin strategy works best regardless of price?

Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped more than 55% six months after hitting a record high of $69,000 in November 2021.

The massive drop has left investors in a stalemate as to whether they should buy BTC while it’s cheaper, at around $30,000, or wait for another market sell-off.

This is mainly because interest rates are lower despite the Federal Reserve’s recent 0.5% rate hike. Meanwhile, cash holdings among global fund managers rose 6.1% to $83 billion, the highest level since the 9/11 attacks. This shows risk aversion among the top retirement, insurance, asset and hedge fund managers, according to the latest Bank of America data.

Many crypto analysts, including Carl B. Menger, see greater buying opportunities in the Bitcoin market while the price is looking for a bottom.

However, instead of recommending a lump sum investment (LSI), where investors throw a large sum to enter a market, there is a seemingly safer alternative for the casual investor called the “dollar cost average” or DCA.

Bitcoin DCA strategy can surpass 99.9% of all asset managers

The DCA strategy is for investors to divide their cash holdings into twelve equal parts and buy Bitcoin with each part each month. In other words, investors buy more BTC when their price drops and less of the same asset when their price rises.

The strategy has yielded incredible results so far.

For example, according to CryptoHead’s DCA calculator, a dollar invested in Bitcoin each month after peaking in December 2017 – about $20,000 – gave investors a cumulative return of $163. This translates to around 200% profit from consistent investments.

Bitcoin DCA calculator. Source: CryptoHead

The Bitcoin DCA strategy also stems from the idea that the long-term trend of BTC will always be skewed upwards. Menger claims that regularly buying Bitcoin for a certain dollar can cause investors to “beat 99.99% of all investment managers and firms on planet Earth.”

Cracks in DCA strategy

However, historical returns in traditional markets do not favor DCA as the best investment strategy. Instead, the LSI strategy has proven to be better.

For example, a study of Vanguard’s 60/40 portfolio that looked at each 12-month timeframe from 1926 to 2015 found that one-time investments outperformed DCA by two-thirds and averaged 2.4% on a calendar. showed. on a yearly basis.

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This slightly raises the possibility that Bitcoin, whose daily positive correlation with the S&P 500 index rose to 0.96 in May, will show similar results between DCA and LSI strategies in the future.

Therefore, regularly investing in Bitcoin with a fixed amount of cash may not always yield better returns than the all-inclusive method.

BTC/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

But how about putting the two together?

Buckingham Wealth Partner’s chief research officer, Larry Swedroe, believes investors should invest from a “glass half full” perspective, meaning a mix of LSI and DCA.

The analyst wrote in SeekingAlpha:

“Invest a quarter today and distribute the remainder evenly over the next three quarters. Invest a sixth of every month or bimonthly for six months.”

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