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Here’s why Bitcoin has failed to live up to its safe-haven asset status

Biraajmaan Tamuly

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With the latest collapse of the financial stock market across the world, the narrative of Bitcoin as a safe-haven asset has generated more discussions across the community. COVID-19 has not only shut down operations in many places, but it has also taken a financial toll on several economic activities.

With investors looking for a way to reduce their losses as traditional markets continue to drop, a part of the community is eyeing Bitcoin as a hedge. However, it does not seem like a viable situation in the short-term.

The VIX volatility index of the stock market shot up to 55 on 9 March, a risk indication unheard of since 2009. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped by 7 percent as well and a similar fate was shared by Bitcoin. The king coin fell by an unprecedented 24% in an hour to drop below $6k.

Hence, it perhaps isn’t fair to say that Bitcoin hasn’t exactly acted as a safe haven asset.

A recent analysis conducted by Longhash compared Bitcoin’s price history against the aforementioned Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) to understand a correlation factor over the years.

Source: Longhash

Analyzing the chart above, it was found that Bitcoin’s movement and DJIA have been strongly correlated as between 2010 and 2020, both the assets shared a Pearson correlation coefficient of over 0.84. That is a considerable value and indicated that both DJIA and Bitcoin had a tendency to follow a similar trend.

When the correlation was separated in terms of the years as well, both shared a negative correlation only in 2011, 2014 and 2015. 2014 recorded the highest negative correlation whereas, in 2017, the factor was up by 0.90.

The aforementioned data suggested that Bitcoin has been a safe haven asset, but that has been the case on rare occasions only. Its mediation has not been too far away for traditional markets, indicating that it isn’t completely reliable as a safe haven asset.

Recently, Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz had also tried to inject some reasoning to the matter, explaining why Bitcoin was failing as a safe-haven asset. He explained that users are taking their leverage down to possibly attain a lesser risk position and gather their profits for other losses.

Bitcoin is not winning over any investor at the moment and the bear markets continue to strengthen their grip on the industry.


Biraajmaan is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US market. A graduate in Automobile engineering, he writes mainly about regulations and its impact with a focus on technological advancements in the crypto space.