I bought $1000 worth of the Top Ten Cryptos on January 1st, 20120 (Jan 2020 Update)

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[Full blog post with all the tables](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2020-top-ten-month-one/)

edit: *even if it was possible to alter the title, I don’t think I would – enjoying the time travel comments! Apologies for the typo, fighting a bit of jet lag!*

tl;dr – 2020 group off to a strong start, up +55% in January, but trail the 2019 Top Ten, which are up +63%. **BSV** crushes the competition in January. Focusing on the 2020 Top Ten cryptos paid off in January, a rarity for these experiments. Not a reader? This dude made a (https://youtu.be/nORdqad-H3w) of the findings.

# The Experiment:

Instead of hypothetically tracking cryptos, I made an actual [$1000 investment](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2018-top-ten-month-one/), $100 in each of the Top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap on the 1st of January 2018. The result? The 2018 Top Ten portfolio ended the year [down 85%](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2018-top-ten-month-twelve/), my $1000 worth only $150.  

***I then*** [***repeated the experiment***](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2019-top-ten-month-one/) ***on the 1st of January 2019*** with the new 2019 Top Ten cryptos, then again in [2020](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2020-top-ten-month-one/).

Think of the Top Ten Experiments as a lazy man’s Index Fund (no weighting or rebalancing), less technical, but hopefully still a proxy for the market as a whole – or at the very least an interesting snapshot of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 crypto space.

I am trying to keep this project simple and accessible for beginners and those looking to get into crypto but maybe not quite ready to jump in yet. I try not to take sides or analyze, but rather attempt to report in a detached manner letting the numbers speak for themselves.

This is not investing advice – as a matter of fact, the vast majority of the reports will show that the Top Ten approach under performs other strategies. This is experiment is designed to be documentary in nature, describing a specific period in cryptocurrency history.

# Month Thirteen – UP 55%

If you’re just finding the experiment now, welcome. You have some catching up to do. ~~Let me explain~~. No, there is too much. [Let me sum up.](https://youtu.be/XeO3jMZphhs?t=23)

On the 1st of January, 2018, I bought $100 each of the Top Ten cryptos at the time for a total investment of $1000 to see how they would perform over the year. I tracked the experiment and reported each month. I then extended the 2018 experiment repeated the process with the new 2019 Top Ten group of cryptos. How is it going?

After two years the [2018 Top Ten were down -86%.](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2018-top-ten-month-twenty-four/)

After one year the [2019 Top Ten broke just about even](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2019-top-ten-month-twelve/) (up +2%).

I decided to keep things going in 2020, so I repeated the experiment yet again. The round three coins are:

Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Tether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, EOS, Binance Coin, Bitcoin SV, and Tezos are the coins I’ll be tracking as part of the 2020 Top Ten Crypto Index Fund Experiment.

Let’s get into it. Here’s the 2020 Top Ten Crypto Experiment update for January.

## Month One – UP 55%

Well there’s something you don’t see everyday. Or at least I don’t after twenty five months of running these experiments: an all green month. Great start for the 2020 batch and by far the strongest January since the Top Ten experiments started in 2018.

## Ranking and January Winners and Losers

Except for the top three (**BTC, ETH,** and **XRP**), there was a ton of movement in January, most of it downward. **Tezos** crashed hard, down from #10 to #15 and becomes the first to drop out of the Top Ten. Tether dropped two places, always a good sign for the rest of the group. **BSV** gained the most ground advancing four spots in the rankings.

***January Winners*** – **BSV** dominated the field finishing January up +181%. **Bitcoin Cash** finished a distant second place gaining +78%.

***January Losers*** – **Tether**, which is always great news for the rest of the pack. **XRP** finished in second place “only” up +25%.

For those keeping score, I keep a tally of which coins have the most monthly wins and losses:

## Overall update – BSV takes strong early lead. Tether is the worst performer.

It was hard for the rest of the cryptos to keep up with **BSV** this month, up +181% in January. That’s more than double what second place **Bitcoin Cash** gained this month. **BSV** is already worth $280.

**Tether** started 2020 in the basement as the rest of the field gained at least +25%.

## Total Market Cap for the entire cryptocurrency sector:

The crypto market gained over $67B in January 2020, up +36% since [New Year’s Day](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceO4XqqsF8Y).

## Bitcoin dominance:

**Bitcoin** dominance dipped a few percentage points to 66% during the first month of 2020, a sign of increasing interest in altcoins.

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

The 2020 Top Ten Portfolio gained about $549 in January 2020. After an initial $1000 investment, the 2020 Top Ten Portfolio is worth $1,549. That’s up about +55%. 

There’s not much here at the moment, but we’ll be looking at the entire experiment, month by month in an attempt to keep some perspective:

How does the 2020 Top Ten Experiment compare to the parallel projects?

* [2018 Top Ten Experiment](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2018-top-ten-month-twenty-five/): down about -80% ($202)
* [2019 Top Ten Experiment:](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2019-top-ten-month-thirteen/) up about +63% ($1,631)

Taken together, here’s the bottom bottom *bottom* line: 

**After a $3000 investment in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Top Ten Cryptocurrencies, my portfolios are worth $3,382.**

That’s up about **12.7%**.

## Implications/Observations:

The crypto market as a whole is up about +36% in January compared to the 2020 Top Ten cryptos which have gained +55%. Sticking with the Top Ten coins beat the overall market in January.

Although there are a few examples of this strategy working with the [2019 Top Ten](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2019-top-ten-month-thirteen/), it’s interesting to note that this hasn’t yet happened with the 2018 group as at no point in the first twenty-five months of the [Top Ten 2018 Experiment](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2018-top-ten-month-twenty-five/) has the approach of focusing on only the Top Ten cryptos outperformed the overall market.

I’m also tracking the S&P 500 as part of my experiment to have a comparison point with other popular investments options. The S&P 500 was flat in January. 

The initial $1k investment I put into crypto would now be worth $1000 had it been redirected to the S&P 500.

But what if I took the same world’s-slowest-dollar-cost-averaging/$1,000-per-year-in-January approach with the S&P 500? It would yield the following:

* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2018: +$210
* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2019: +$290
* $1000 investment in S&P 500 on January 1st, 2020: +$0

Taken together, here’s the bottom bottom *bottom* line:

**After three $1,000 investments into an S&P 500 index fund in January 2018, 2019, and 2020, my portfolio would be worth $3,500.**

That’s up about **+17%** (compared to **+12.7%** with the Top Ten Crypto Experiments).

## Conclusion:

A nice start to the year for the 2020 Top Ten and the best January since I started updates in 2018. It’s also a nice to be modestly up on the combined 2018, 2019, and 2020 portfolios for a change.

Thanks for reading and for supporting the experiment. I hope you’ve found it helpful. I continue to be committed to seeing this process through and reporting along the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions and stay tuned for progress reports. Keep an eye out for the original [2018 Top Ten Crypto Index Fund Experiment](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2018-top-ten-month-twenty-five/) and the [2019 Top Ten Experiment ](https://toptencryptoindexfund.com/tracking-2019-top-ten-month-thirteen/)follow up experiment.

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27 thoughts on “I bought $1000 worth of the Top Ten Cryptos on January 1st, 20120 (Jan 2020 Update)

  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Whats the point of holding Tether? Why not skip that and hold #11 instead?

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Yea this is a great experiment and thanks for posting. But for someone from the future your returns are shit poor. Come on man have you not seen back to the future 2? Even a dullard like Biff gets it.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Bro, even though I don’t go through the entire posts. You are doing wonderful work

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Adding stable coins and then comparing performance between the crypto and the S&P 500 Index makes no sense to me and almost looks like an attempt to sabotage the crypto performance. Stable coins are literally made to not gain or lose value.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Its interesting with the fact that only ETH is the only cryptocurrency without any max supply so far, shows how rarity pays off investments!

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    “Tether is the worst performer”

    Hahahahaha WHAT? I’d say it is performing flawlessly. Any stable coin able to maintain stability is doing its job. Pointless to put Tether in this same group. Why not talk about the “second worst performer” to provide some actual insight?

    If every coin went -5% except Tether, holding steady between $0.99-$1.01, would you say Tether was the strongest performing???

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Thank you for putting in so much hard work, you are appreciated. It’s been a fun ride since 2018 for me too

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    The only two strategies that work in crypto is buying the dip and no diversification at all

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    It’s funny how we do all this research about new coins and buy and sell constantly and bicker with each other about what’s a scam and what’s not, and this dude just blindly buys the top 10 coins (including tether) every year and crushes us with the gains he makes lol.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Haha why did he buy tether???? I know it’s top 10 but why not make an exception for tether…

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    I think this follows the same pattern as any newer market. Players come and go and it takes several “generations” of development for the big dogs to solidify themselves at the top

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    Do you adjust your portfolio if one of the top ten drops from the top ten within the year?

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    u/Joe-M-4 On your chart of monthly winners & losers, you have tether as the monthly winner and BTCSV as the monthly loser. That is backwards based on the data you provided.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 6:51 am
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    If you bought it really show us your public keys. Otherwise you are using only tracking script anyone can use and the title of this topic is misleading.

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