Portfolio management with cryptocurrencies: The role of estimation risk

Emmanouil Platanakis, Andrew Urquhart

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This paper contributes to the literature on cryptocurrencies, portfolio management and estimation risk by comparing the performance of naïve diversification, Markowitz diversification and the advanced Black-Litterman model with VBCs that controls for estimation errors in a portfolio of cryptocurrencies. We show that the advanced Black-Litterman model with VBCs yields superior out-of-sample risk-adjusted returns as well as lower risks. Our results are robust to the inclusion of transaction costs and short-selling, indicating that sophisticated portfolio techniques that control for estimation errors are preferred when managing cryptocurrency portfolios.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Early online date24 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Estimation errors
  • Portfolio optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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