$1k invested into the Top 10 Cryptos on January 1st, 2020 Up +716% (MARCH Update – Month 27)

[EXPERIMENT – Tracking Top 10 Cryptos Of 2020 – Month Twenty-Seven – UP 716%](

## Month Twenty-Seven – UP 716%

The 2020 Top Ten Crypto Index Fund consists of: **BTC, ETH, XRP, USDT, BCH, Litecoin, EOS, BNB, BSV,** and **Tezos**.  

March highlights for the 2020 Top Ten Portfolio: 

* 100% of cryptos in the green in March, **EOS** turns in the best monthly performance (+26%)
* Only **BSV** is under the break-even point, **BNB** in overall lead.
* The 2020 Portfolio is the best performing of the five Top Ten portfolios, up +716%.

This group of cryptos highlights the benefits of an index fund strategy: the **+716%** return of the 2020 Top Ten Portfolio has *outperformed eight of the individual component cryptos contained within the Index.* Only by guessing right and throwing all your eggs into **Ethereum** and/or **Binance Coin** would you have performed better than spreading out the risk, index style.  

## March Ranking and Dropout Report

**Top Ten dropouts since January 2020:**  after twenty-seven, half of the cryptos that [started in the Top Ten]( dropped out:  **EOS**, **BSV, Tezos, Litecoin,** and **Bitcoin Cash** have been replaced by **Cardano,** **AVAX, Solana, Luna,** and **USDC.**

At #64, **BSV** has sunk the lowest since January 2020.

## March Winners and Losers

***March Winners*** –  **EOS** (+26%) followed by **ETH** (+18%).  All cryptos in this portfolio finished the month in the green.

***March Losers*** –   **BTC** and **XRP,** both up +6%, still underperformed their Top Ten peers this month.

## Overall Update – BNB solidly in first place, followed by second place ETH. All cryptos except BSV are in positive territory.  The 2020 Top Ten is best performing of the five Top Ten Portfolios.

At +716%, the 2020 Top Ten Portfolio continues to be the best performing of the five [Top Ten Crypto Index Fund Experiments]( 90% of the 2020 cryptos are in positive territory, **BSV** the lone exception.  Most have at least *triple digit price growth* and two have *four digit growth* (**BNB** and **ETH**).  Although second place **ETH** gained some ground in March, **Binance Coin** continues to hold a commanding lead.

The initial $100 investment twenty-seven months ago into first place **Binance Coin**? Currently worth **$3,244**, an increase of +3,143%.    

In second is **Ethereum,** also with quadruple digit gains, up +2,626%.

**BSV** is the worst performer in the 2020 group, down -3% since January 2020.   

## Total Market Cap for the Entire Cryptocurrency Sector:

As a sector, crypto is up **+1,031%** over the twenty-seven month lifespan of the 2020 Top Ten Experiment.

If you were able to capture the entire crypto market since [January 2020]( you’d be doing quite a bit better than the Experiment’s Top Ten approach (+716%) and ridiculously better than the S&P (+41%) over the same time period.  Much more on the S&P below. 

Crypto Market Cap Low Point in the 2020 Top Ten Crypto Index Experiment: [**$185B in March 2020** **(aka Zombie Apocalypse).**](

Crypto Market Cap High Point in the 2020 Top Ten Crypto Index Experiment:  [**$2.6T in October 2021**](

## Bitcoin Dominance:

**BitDom** ended March at 41%. This is near the bottom end of the range when looking at the timeframe as a whole. 

Here are the high and low points of **BTC** domination over the twenty-seven month life of the 2020 Experiment:

Low Point in the 2020 Top Ten Crypto Index Experiment: [**40.2% in December 2021**](

High Point in the 2020 Top Ten Crypto Index Experiment: [**70.4% in December 2020**](

## Overall return on $1,000 investment since January 1st, 2020:

The 2020 Top Ten Portfolio is now worth **$8,163** (+716%) from the initial $1k investment.  

The 2020 Portfolio remains the best performing of [the five Experiments]( 

Below is a month by month ROI of the 2020 Top Ten Experiment, to give you a sense of perspective and provide an overview as we go along:

The portfolio has yet to experience a red month, although in [March 2020]( came close, returning a COVID induced low of +7%.

## Combining the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Top Ten Crypto Portfolios

So, where do we stand if we combine five years of the Top Ten Crypto Index Fund Experiments?

* 2018 Top Ten Experiment: up +25% (total value $1,250)
* 2019 Top Ten Experiment: up +470% (total value $5,695)
* [2020 Top Ten Experiment:]( +716% (total value $8,163) 
* 2021 Top Ten Experiment: up +252% (total value $3,522)
* [2022 Top Ten Experiment]( down -2% (total value $976)

So overall? Taking the five portfolios together, here’s the bottom bottom bottom bottom *bottom* line: 

**After a $5,000 investment in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Top Ten Cryptocurrencies,** the combined portfolios are worth **$19,606.**

**That’s up +292%** on the combined portfolios, **down from a +533%** [**November 2021 all time high**]( the Top Ten Index Fund Experiments. 

Lost in the numbers? Here’s a graph to help visualize the progress of the combined portfolios:

In summary: ***That’s a +292% gain by investing $1k on whichever cryptos happened to be in the Top Ten on January 1st (including stablecoins) for five straight years***.

## Comparison to S&P 500

I’m also tracking the S&P 500 as part of my experiment to have a comparison point with traditional markets.

Since the S&P 500 has returned +41% since January 1st, 2020, that same [$1k I put into crypto]( January 2020 would be worth $1410 had it been redirected to the S&P 500 instead. 

Crypto over the same time period? The 2020 Top Ten Crypto Portfolio is returning **+716%**, worth **$8,163.**

***That’s a difference of $6,753.***

***On a $1k investment!*** 

But that’s just 2020. What about in the longer term? What if I invested in the S&P 500 the same way I did during the first five years of the Top Ten Crypto Index Fund Experiments since January 1st, 2018? What I like to call the world’s slowest dollar cost averaging method?  Here are the figures:

* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2018 = $1,700 today
* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2019 = $1,810 today
* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2020 = $1,410 today
* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2021 = $1,210 today
* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2022 = $950 today

Taken together, here’s the bottom bottom bottom bottom *bottom* line for a similar approach with the S&P: 

**After five $1,000 investments into an S&P 500 index fund in January 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, my portfolio would be worth $7,080.**

That is up **+42%** [since January 2018]( to a **+292%** gain of the combined Top Ten Crypto Experiment Portfolios.

To help provide perspective, here’s a quick look at the combined five year ROI for crypto vs. the S&P up to this point.

## Conclusion:

For those who have supported the Experiments over the years, thank you.  For those just getting into crypto, I hope these monthly reports can somehow help with perspective as you embark on your crypto adventures.  Buckle up, think long term, don’t invest what you can’t afford to lose, and most importantly, try to enjoy the ride! Feel free to reach out with any questions and stay tuned for progress reports.

A reporting note: I’ll focus on [2022 Top Ten Portfolio reports]( \+ one other portfolio on a rotating basis this year, so expect only two reports from me per month.  March’s extended report is the 2020 Top Ten Portfolio (the one you’re reading now).  Keep an eye out for my parallel projects tracking the Top Ten cryptos as of [2018 Top Ten]( OG Experiment), [2019 Top Ten]( Top Ten]( and [2022 Top Ten]( reports as well.

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36 thoughts on “$1k invested into the Top 10 Cryptos on January 1st, 2020 Up +716% (MARCH Update – Month 27)”

  1. Super tl;dr: diversified, long term crypto approaches seem to do pretty well, especially when compared to traditional markets (at least at this point in the Experiments)

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  2. Amazing stats, the comparison to the S&P 500 is eye opening. Love your work, can’t wait for future reports. Makes me believe in crypto even more!

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  3. It was always about being early + hodl

    If you just happened to buy at ATH … time in the market > timing the market

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  4. In jan 2020 you could literally (not really literally) buy a crypto turd and be up x times your purchase. Looking forward to the ‘bought x Jan 2022’ posts. These are relevant.

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  5. I was inspired by your experiment and have started one of my own, with a slightly modified strategy.

    I didn’t have/want to throw 1k at the beginning, so every month I am throwing 15€ at each of the top-10 cryptos by market cap (BTC and stablecoin excluded, as those I buy separately).

    So far it’s been decent, though of course the entry point matters. I had to drop #10 Matic this month in favour of Shiba lol.

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  6. Comparing with S&P 500 is just wrong imo. S&P 500 is market cap weightage. So the 1st stock will have a much higher weightage than the 500th stock.

    So it’s better to compare against an Equal weight index. Now personally I would do NASDAQ Equal weight but doing S&P Equal weight is also fine depending on what you are trying to achieve.

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  7. This is awesome. My first time seeing this. I love all the data and applaud the dedication and diversication.

    Any links to track and follow it if one wanted to do the same thing starting say May 1st?

    Regards

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  8. Yes! Always love to see the greatest series on this entire subreddit. Thank you for the update, and am still looking forward to the book version!

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  9. Too much info for my small brain. But do you sell the whole porftfolio after every year and restart with 10 new top10 coins? Or do you hodl and start new portfolio with new coins every year?

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  10. Amazing share bro! So I am curious does anyone know what itrust capital uses as their Top Cryptos? 716% will be tough to beat in 2 years and 3 months.

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