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Bonds plus Bitcoin: The combo you need to survive higher inflation

  • Bond-only investment portfolios can gain from the inclusion of risk-on assets like Bitcoin.
  • The combination can help investors sail through the high inflation season.

Bitcoin Bond Combo

Mike McGlone, the Senior Commodity Strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, feels that Bitcoin could be the savior for low-yielding bond portfolios. A combination he thinks will help investors tackle inflation well.

While enlightening his followers through his Twitter, Mr. McGlone explained how an ultra-low correlation between the two diametrically opposite assets results in a “Yin and Yang” relationship. And how this complementary combo outperforms strong growth-focused stock index like the Nasdaq 100.

Bitcoin Bond Combo Outperforms Nasdaq

Bonds are documented representations of loans that organizations issue to raise funds for their operation. These organizations can range from multinational corporations to government bodies like municipal offices and central banks. In the US, investors have the option to invest in US 10-Yr Government bonds, junk bonds (issued by corporations, etc.).

The statement made by the Bloomberg analyst sounds sensible, but how is it supposed to work out? Let’s see.

Inflation Hedge

According to the consensus amongst investors, “safety” is the most primary reason cited for investment in bonds. They are less riskier than stocks and are therefore an excellent avenue for parking funds. Although, their safety implies that the returns too are considerably on the lesser side.

Joe Weisenthal co-host of the Bloomberg TV show, ‘What’d You Miss?’ puts it aptly.

Nonetheless, bonds are an excellent investment option, especially in situations of high inflation, as high inflation is a result of drop-dead interest rates and sky-high consumer and producer prices. With interest rates talking to the ground, as they currently are, bond prices go up. However, the recent Federal Reserve interest rate hike decisions have hurt bond yields. But over the last year, bond yields (on the 10-Yr Government bonds) have surged significantly, more than 100%.

Also Read: Bitcoin Turns Jittery After Breaching $52,000; Bond Yields Rise

bitcoin, Bonds plus Bitcoin: The combo you need to survive higher inflation
US 10-YR Government Bonds Yield Up More Than 100% Over 1 Year, Source: Financial Times

Now here’s the thing with bond yields. Even if they have risen substantially, the returns earned from selling them in a high inflation market won’t add much value. Why? Because high inflation reduces the value of the underlying fiat currency, thereby hurting purchasing power of investors.

This is where Bitcoin comes in. Due to higher volatility, the benchmark cryptocurrency holds a higher risk profile than stocks. It correlates inversely to the US Dollar. BTC shoots up when the DXY (US Dollar strength against a basket of major fiat currencies) trends down. Also, Bitcoin by inherent design is a deflationary asset since it has a fixed supply of only 21 million coins.

Also Read: Billionaire hedge fund manager backs Bitcoin as his inflation trade

High Returns, Low Risk

Bitcoin’s addition to strictly bond-only portfolio ups its returns quotient. Also, at the same time, BTC introduces an element of deflation that preserves and appreciates the value of the invested capital at a much higher rate. And since Mr. Mc Glone suggests a 10% addition, the risk of the overall Bitcoin-Bond portfolio remains controlled.

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Himadri Saha

Himadri is an active investor in cryptocurrencies and upcoming blockchain technology projects. He has been a part of the digital asset space since 2017 and has held multiple positions as Social Media Manager, Assistant Editor, Sponsored Content Manager, Cryptocurrency Journalist roles in reputed news outlets like NewsBTC, Bitcoinist and CryptoPotato. He has also helped numerous blockchain projects gain prominence through terse and succinct marketing/technical content. Himadri comes with a marketing and engineering background, and has worked with reputed names such as GE Healthcare, Volvo Trucks and Polycom before moving into crypto.

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