BTC hodlers outperformed crypto funds by 69% in H1: 21e6 Capital

The classic buy and hold, or hodl, approach to Bitcoin (BTC) outperformed most crypto funds by 68.8% in the first half (H1) of 2023.

According to data from Switzerland-based investment adviser 21e6 Capital AG, on average, crypto funds generated returns of 15.2% in the first half of 2023, but BTC saw gains of around 84%.

Crypto funds on average generated 15.2% return in the first half of 2023 lol

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In the report, 21e6 Capital AG’s head of marketing, Maximilian Bruckner, outlined that crypto funds have been “frequently able to significantly outperform Bitcoin in previous bull runs.”

Bruckner attributed much of the underwhelming performance of crypto funds in 2023 to the challenging market conditions and the significant amount of cash they had on hand in late 2022.

Following the implosion of FTX and other crypto projects in 2022, the report suggested that many crypto funds opted to take risk off the table and develop cash buffers, therefore missing out on a significant BTC price rally in H1 of 2023.

“Funds with large cash positions will underperform Bitcoin in a bull market, unless the funds’ assets perform significantly better than Bitcoin.”

“Due to the general sentiment left behind by the end of 2022, many funds had larger-than-normal cash positions. Furthermore, most major altcoins also underperformed Bitcoin – a tough environment for funds,” the report adds.

Directional fund strategy comparison H1 2023. Source: 21e6 Capital AG

At the time of writing, BTC is priced at roughly $29,000, and it continues to struggle to hold above the $30,000 level, which has only been briefly surpassed on a couple of occasions in 2023.

Related: Price analysis 8/4: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, DOGE, ADA, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

Despite this, current prices mark a 75% price gain for the asset since Jan. 1, as per CoinGecko data. 

“All crypto fund strategies achieved positive results this year. But relative to Bitcoin, they underperformed, especially those with significant exposure to altcoins, to futures, or those strongly dependent on momentum…



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