For a long while, it seemed as the Coronavirus (covid-19) caused a global financial crisis that would not impact cryptocurrencies. With past turbulence’s cryptocurrencies have been considered by some as immune, living their own life independent of “real economics” or financial system speculations in the same manner as stocks, bonds and obligations. In other words, cryptocurrencies do not necessarily follow trends of the economy as a whole. Current 2020 winter has however impacted financial assets across the board, as we earlier reported about Gold price. (Click the link)
Cash is King
Reports at CNBC, highlighted that while Bitcoin went on -50 % levels, also the world second largest digital currency, ethereum, fell 46% this week as well as others had the same volatility. Cryptocurrency called XRP lost nearly 40% of its value at the same time. CNBC reporter Kate Rooney got commentary from Joe DiPasquale, who is the CEO of crypto investment firm BitBull Capital.
Joe DiPasquale: “ Recent price action is primarily a result of the coronavirus outbreak affecting global markets and driving investors towards the safety of cash”
Table. How did the Corona virus impact virtual Crypto currencies?
Reference currency, below the table is in Euros. Observation time 10th DEC. 2019 to March 22
In Sweden the online version of the magazine Realtid, reporter Sverker Brundin managed to interview locally famous Cryptofund manager Eric Walls comments about the Bitcoin crash. Eri Walls explained Cryptocurrencies are very volatile, generally speaking 5X (times) more than shares, but they can still perform better. When addressed about perceived “safe haven” -status of Bitcoin, Eric Wall continued that despite historical low correlation between cryptocurrencies and other asset classes, now when even Gold is falling, people try to avoid volatility.
Visualization below shows how Bitcoin value fluctuation dominates the most known cryptocurrency market
Is this time different? At Fyggex.com we shall update the situation as it evolves, but to summarize above, currently many investors are moving assets away from volatility and Cryptocurrencies have always been more volatile than traditional currencies.
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