Raiz launches Bitcoin portfolio

26 May 2020

Micro-investing app, Raiz Invest has launched a new portfolio that will have a 5% target allocation towards Bitcoin.

The portfolio, Sapphire, said there was a growing appetite for cryptocurrency exposure and that the remaining 95% of the portfolio would be allocated towards US, Australian, European, and Asian large-cap stocks, and Australian corporate debt and money markets, all via exchange traded funds.

Raiz chief executive, George Lucas, said: “Although this latest portfolio offering from Raiz is very high risk, feedback from many customers has clearly shown that they have an appetite for an investment strategy that has an exposure to cryptocurrencies, and the Sapphire portfolio has been designed with this in mind.

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“The investment objective of the Sapphire portfolio is to provide exposure to Bitcoin in a managed, risk-adjusted way. The minimum suggested investment timeframe is more than five years.”

Raiz said cryptocurrencies would play a more important role in portfolios in the future as quantitative easing was being used by governments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The firm would store Bitcoin with Gemini – a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian founded by the Winklevoss twins.

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