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8 Strategies to Balance Your Crypto Bets

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Bankless Bankless Jun 8, 20236 min read

Dear Bankless Nation,

The SEC offensive against crypto has undoubtedly left plenty of investors taking a hard look at the health and resilience of their portfolios.

Today, we offer up some strategies for making sure your crypto bets are diversified.

- Bankless team

8 Ways to Diversify Your Crypto Portfolio

Bankless Writer: Donovan Choy

Crypto is one of the few asset classes where retail investor can net life-changing returns within a very short period of time.

Unfortunately, it’s also the one asset class that is subject to so much regulatory FUD. The recent SEC crackdown on the industry showcases that. This lack of predictability means crypto investors should not consider themselves exempt from balancing their bets.

Here are eight classic Bankless strategies to diversify your crypto portfolio. You're getting the full list because you're a Bankless Citizen 🫡

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#1 Liquid staking tokens 💧

It’s hard to go wrong with liquid staking tokens AKA liquid staking derivatives (LSDs). LSDs are a user-friendly way for crypto investors to participate in securing the underlying L1 blockchain and earn rewards without going through the technical process of setting up a node.

For years, many feared that staking ETH on the Beacon chain was risky as developers had not yet enabled ETH withdrawals. This changed with the Shapella network upgrade in April 2023 where withdrawals were successfully enabled.

Right now, you can stake ETH on liquid staking protocols like Rocket Pool for APY rewards of 6.86%, or Lido for 4.2%. Alternatively, you can invest in an ETF-like index token composed of a range of liquid staking tokens. Popular options include the Gitcoin Staked ETH Index (gtcETH) or the Diversified Staked Ethereum Index (dsETH).

#2 Stablecoin diversification 🪙

Most crypto investors keep a portion of their portfolio in stablecoins. It turns out that stablecoins may not always be so stable which means protecting against a depeg is another strategy to consider in the investor toolbox.

Holding different stablecoins between USDC, USDT and DAI is the first thing to consider. Alternatively, you can opt for a protocol like Y2K finance that lets you buy a kind of “insurance” against a potential depeg. Should an eventual stablecoin depeg occur, investors are paid a set sum of collateral from underwriters betting against a depeg.

See Bankless’ previous article on How to Protect Against Stablecoin Blowups with Y2K Finance.

#3 Diversify your wallet custody 🔑

“Not your keys, not your crypto” is an industry mantra that any crypto investor should pay heed to.

If you have to keep your crypto on a centralized custodian, use many centralized custodians. Should you own your crypto on an offline, cold wallet, it doesn’t hurt to diversify among more than one set of crypto wallets, especially after the Ledger wallet drama last month reminded us that even hardware cold wallets are never 100% safe.

Putting all of your eggs in one basket is always a recipe for disaster.

Alternatively, investors can opt for a multisig smart-contract wallet like Gnosis Safe. Safe distributes the ownership of the crypto wallet by splitting up the private key into different pieces, kind of like what Voldemort did with his soul. Without every private key signing off on a transaction, the funds in the multisig wallet cannot be moved.

See Bankless’ previous article on How to Evaluate the Safety of Your Crypto Wallet Custody.

#4 Hedge your exposure with DeFi options ⚖️

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