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BTC Swings Affect Broader Market, No Longer a ‘Fringe Asset’

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BTC Swings Affect Broader Market, No Longer a ‘Fringe Asset’

In an analysis, Singapore banking giant DBS said that BTC (BTC) was no longer a “fringe asset.”

The analysis began by saying that markets have recently been reacting to the gradual reopening of Western countries as coronavirus vaccinations gather pace. In light of this, DBS analysts decided to compare how assets are correlating with one another. This analysis included BTC, due to its overall momentum, but also because of its recent price swing.

BTC correlations

The BTC portion of the analysis points out that the leading cryptocurrency only grew to be an asset class, with a sizable market cap, late last year. Because of this, it dates its BTC data from after November 2020. Due to this limited time span, the analysis added that it used hourly data, instead of daily returns. 

To compare how BTC related to markets overall, it decided to analyze correlation with continuously traded S&P 500 futures. The analysis initially found that BTC positively correlated with S&P 500 futures, meaning they traded similarly overall. However, the correlation was rather weak, at 0.20, meaning that similarity wasn’t particularly notable.

BTC influence

Despite this weak correlation, the analysts wanted to determine if any drastic moves of BTC’s had a noticeable market effect. To determine this, they identified four points where BTC’s hourly return was greater than 10% or worse than -10%.

Then, they calculated correlations with the S&P 500 during the immediate period afterwards. After this, they compared the post-extreme period correlations with correlations from more normal periods.

According to the results, BTC and the S&P 500 showed a higher positive correlation of 0.26, after an extreme move. This turned out to be noticeably higher than the correlation under more normal periods of 0.19. This “suggests that broader equity sentiment could become more coupled with sentiment in BTC markets,” after a large swing. 

Another statistical test performed by the analyst only emphasized BTC’s influence. According to the analysts, there is “strong statistical evidence that the volatility of S&P 500 futures is markedly higher than normal in the aftermath of an extreme BTC move.”

Remarking that BTC is no longer a “fringe asset,” the analysts suggested that it “may be wise to keep an eye on developments in this space.”

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All content in this article is for informational purposes only and in no way serves as investment advice. Investing in cryptocurrencies, commodities and stocks is very risky and can lead to capital losses.

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