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Jefferies' Wood Cuts Gold Exposure in Favor of New Position in Bitcoin

Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at investment firm Jefferies, cut his exposure to gold for the first time in years in favor of bitcoin.

Dec 19, 2020 at 2:09 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. UTC

Christopher Wood, global head of equity strategy at investment firm Jefferies, cut his exposure to gold for the first time in years in favor of bitcoin, Business Standard reported.

  • Wood will be cutting the gold position in his long-only asset allocation for U.S.-dollar-based pension funds to 45% from 50% and initiating a 5% holding of bitcoin, the report said.
  • Wood, while remaining bullish on the yellow metal, said he'll add more BTC to the fund should the cryptocurrency drop significantly.
  • The head of equity strategy had previously refrained from investing in BTC out of a fear of hacking and that it could have been declared illegal due to its sometimes use in nefarious purposes, the publication said.
  • The remaining allocations in the fund are a 30% weighting in Asia ex-Japan equities and 20% in unhedged gold mining stocks.
  • Wood is looking for a "dramatic cyclical recovery" after the pandemic subsides, Business Standard said.

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