When one asset is outperforming the other, its weighting in the portfolio grows, potentially exposing the holder to more risk than they would like. Periodically, the portfolio will need to be rebalanced back to the target weightings, locking in gains and reinvesting into underperforming assets.
Rebalancing is important because over time, based on the returns of the specific assets held in the portfolio, the asset weightings will change, altering the risk profile of the portfolio of assets.
For example, let’s consider the DeFi Pulse Index ($DPI) from Index Coop. The current largest allocation within the index is Uniswap ($UNI) at approximately 25%. If Uniswap doubled in price due to some announcement or event while the other assets in the index remained flat, then its weighting would increase from 25% to about 40%. Because of this one move, the portfolio of assets is now significantly more concentrated than intended. If Uniswap subsequently underperforms the remaining bucket of assets, then the $DPI would also underperform relative to its stated goal.
Index Coop products, including $DPI, $MVI, and $BED, all use Set Protocol’s infrastructure to automatically rebalance the portfolio of assets in line with their defined methodologies on a monthly basis. Unlike the traditional finance world where users’ Index Funds or ETFs are rebalanced by fund managers on behalf of their clients, in DeFi this process is done automatically using smart contracts.
The benefit of built-in rebalancing means that you can passively hold an Index Coop product knowing that the asset allocation methodology will be followed. Theoretically, this leads to better performance relative to a non-rebalancing portfolio, reduces the potential of being over-exposed to a single asset, and makes getting exposure to a crypto theme more accessible than ever. As an added benefit, gas costs for rebalancing are handled by Index Coop and Set, helping to maximize the end-user’s return.
There are three main ways to buy index tokens: 1. You can exchange fiat currencies directly for an Index Coop product via an Ethereum wallet 2. Use a decentralized exchange to trade another cryptocurrency for an Index Coop product 3. Or, buy it on a centralized exchange
If you’re looking to exchange a fiat currency, like the U.S. dollar, directly for our products, then you’ll want an Ethereum wallet like Argent, Metamask, or Rainbow. With each of these wallets, you can connect to your bank account or debit card, which allows you to exchange fiat currencies directly for Index Coop products like NAME.
Buy Index Coop products with fiat currencies: 1. First, you’ll need to download one of the above apps. (Metamask also has a browser extension if you prefer not to use your mobile phone.) 2. Next, you’ll set up your new wallet and connect your bank account 3. Once you’ve deposited fiat currency in your wallet you can exchange it for Index Coop products like DPI here, MVI here and DATA here.
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