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Investors Dollar-Cost Averaging Bitcoin Since 2017 Made a 61.8% Return

Data shows investors who dollar-cost averaged into Bitcoin even since the $20,000 peak are profitable.

Researchers at Coin Metrics found that investors who dollar-cost averaged into Bitcoin (BTC) since the $20,000 peak in 2017 would still be profitable. According to researchers, an investor who continuously bought BTC over the past three years would have a 61.8% return.

Although the price of Bitcoin fell significantly from $20,000, there were extreme low points in 2019 and 2020. Investors who capitalized on these strong downtrends will easily be sitting on handsome profits today. 

Coin Metrics said:

“Despite Bitcoin still trading 30% below ATHs, dollar cost averaging from the peak of the market in Dec 2017 would have return [sic] 61.8%, or 20.1% annually. Similarly for Ethereum (still down 71% from its peak), dollar cost averaging from Jan 2018 would have return [sic] 87.6%, or 27.9% annually.”

Graph illustrating positive BTC return from dollar-cost averaging

Graph illustrating positive BTC return from dollar-cost averaging. Source: Coin Metrics

Data shows the resilience of Bitcoin

In Bitcoin’s early days, the high-profile investors and financial institutions doubted its survivability. Some companies were cautiously optimistic towards cryptocurrencies, but the majority kept their distance from the newly-emerging asset class.

Over time, as the price of Bitcoin has recovered strongly from extreme corrections to $3,150 and $3,600, investor sentiment changed. In June, JPMorgan, whose CEO publicly criticized Bitcoin in 2018, said the top cryptocurrency has staying power.

A team of JPMorgan strategists led by Joshua Younger and Nikolaos Panigirtzoglo also emphasized that the March crash showed Bitcoin’s longevity. Both analysts said:

“That suggests that there is little evidence of run dynamics, or even material quality tiering among cryptocurrencies, even during the throws of the crisis in March.”

As billionaire investor and hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones said, Bitcoin strengthens each day it survives. Compared to other asset classes, BTC is still relatively young, which makes it attractive to investors.

The longevity, staying power, and resilience of Bitcoin have allowed the digital asset to recover fairly quickly from large pullbacks. This cycle of high peaks and extremely low bottoms make cost-averaging a profitable method of gaining exposure to Bitcoin.

Realized price hits $6,000

The data also shows that Bitcoin’s price trends are largely cyclical, an additional feature which makes cost-averaging more effective. Coin Metrics announcement also coincides with Bitcoin’s realized price surpassing $6,000 for the first time in history. 

Realized cap or price attempts to discover the price every investor bought Bitcoin at historically. Glassnode describes the metric as follows:

“Realized Cap values different parts of the supplies at different prices (instead of using the current daily close). Specifically, it is computed by valuing each UTXO by the price when it was last moved.”

Bitcoin’s realized price reaches $6,000

Bitcoin’s realized price reaches $6,000. Source: Glassnode

The record-high realized price of Bitcoin indicates that the number of addresses that bought BTC at higher prices increased. This signals that an influx of new investors arrived as the price of BTC rose.

On-chain metrics indicate that Bitcoin’s momentum is strengthening as new capital arrives. New investors with a long-term strategy might find the results of dollar-cost averaging quite compelling.

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