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Comparing Bitcoin to Other Sectors – Risk vs. Value

Quite a few traders have been discussing the recent rally of Bitcoin to recently breach the $10,000 level on May 7, 2020.  This psychological price level is a major milestone for Bitcoin – even though the price has fallen into an extended Flag/Pennant formation since reaching the recent peak.  Many traders and speculators are expecting Bitcoin to rally alongside the precious metals sector as there appears to be a strong belief that Bitcoin aligns with precious metals well.  Our researchers attempted to put this assumption into a simple test and this is what we found.

Bitcoin appears to be similarly volatile in comparison to precious metals, although the overall trending of Bitcoin has been moderately lower since the peak levels in February 2020 whereas the Gold/Silver sectors have seen advancing price activity over the same span of time.  Precious metals rallied much quicker after the bottom near March 2020 whereas Bitcoin didn’t really begin to rally until late April 2020. Because of this disconnect in price association, we don’t believe Bitcoin is aligned with the precious metals segment.

Bitcoin doesn’t seem to be aligned with the price action of the Dow Jones either. Initially, after the peak in February 2020, the price alignment between Bitcoin and the DJI was almost in sync.  A broader price disconnect appears to be more evident in late April where Bitcoin rallied and the Dow Jones stayed rather flat.  Because of this shift in price alignment – we believe Bitcoin is not aligned with the Dow Jones well enough to derive any cross-market correlation.

BITCOIN – DOW JONES – METALS CHART

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Additionally, we attempted to compare Bitcoin to major consumer sectors (communications, staples, and utilities) to see if we could find any measurable correlation to these sectors in relation to Bitcoin price activity.  Again, the early price alignment of all of these seemed somewhat in-sync in the early downside price collapse in February 2020.  Yet that alignment quickly deteriorated in early March 2020 as Bitcoin prices collapsed and bottomed while the consumer sectors continued to trend a bit lower until after March 20, 2020.  The one thing we did notice is that the consumer sectors appear to be much less volatile than Bitcoin in both downside and upside price activity.

BITCOIN – COMMUNICATIONS – STAPLES – UTILITIES

Lastly, we compared Bitcoin to the NASDAQ 100 and the Russell 2000 attempting to find any price correlation between these major market sectors.  Although the price correlation is not perfect, our researcher believes Bitcoin is moderately closely correlated to the Russell 200 more than any other symbol/sector we have attempted to analyze.  Many of the bigger, more prominent, upward, and downward price cycles/trends seems to align with the Russell 2000 price action (often within 1 or 2 days of the Bitcoin trends – if not immediately).

For example, the bottom/base near April 21 aligned almost perfectly between the two symbols, the rally starting near April 25 began 1 day apart on both symbols, the peak in price before a moderate selloff on March 26 happened on almost the same day for both symbols, the moderate upside peak before the big collapse on March 4 occurred only one day apart.  Even though there is a broad price volatility difference between Bitcoin and the Russell 2000, the correlations between the two symbols seem much more aligned than any symbols we’ve attempted to run other comparisons.

We will add that appears a recent shift in price activity may be starting to disassociate Bitcoin to the Russell 2000 over the past 7+ days.  Our researchers have identified the Russell 2000 (and other consumer sectors) appear to be attracting new investments from skilled technical traders while the major sectors appear to be weakening.  We believe this is because capital is shifting away from already pricey assets and moving into undervalued assets that may do well as the recovery strengthens.

BITCOIN – NASDAQ 100 – RUSSELL 2000

Will Bitcoin continue to rally above the $10,000 level?  Eventually, the answer to that question is “probably – yes”.  The one thing we want to bring to our reader’s attention is the immediate downside price correlation of Bitcoin to all of the various sectors and symbols we’ve presented today.  When a broader downside price collapse happens in the US/Global markets – it appears Bitcoin is not immune or considered a decentralized asset class in any form.  Bitcoin seems much more aligned with the Dow Jones and/or the Russell 2000 than any other symbols/sectors.

Because of this alignment, we suggest traders watch the Dow Jones and the Russell 2000 for price trend correlations that may relate to how Bitcoin price activity may react in the near future.  Until this correlation is broken, we believe the alignment in price is relatively predictable for skilled technical traders.

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The Divergence of Gold And Bitcoin – Which Represents A True Safe-Haven?

Recently, Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the US Congress to discuss his new Libra project and to attempt to calm concerns related to his new global alternate currency project.  It appears this project is putting global political leaders in a particularly powerful position of either accepting the Libra project as a viable future solution and implementing new laws and regulations in support of it or to shelve the idea while they consider the local and global risks associated with a project that creates a new class of global currency. (Source: https://www.bloomberg.com)

We believe the risks associated with a massive corporate and international backed Crypto/Alternate currency are far too great, at this time, for the US government to attempt to consider with only 12+ months to go before the US Presidential elections.  This is almost like opening Pandora’s Box in terms of total global risks and outcomes.  It becomes almost impossible for the US government, Federal Reserve or any other global central bank to be able to protect its citizens from the risks associated with any type of technology collapse, fraud, hacking or any other unknown risks associated with such an idea.

The concept of a “Safe-Haven” may come into question over the next 10+ months as investors continue to question what may happen in the global markets, global political events and asset valuations related to Cryptos, Precious Metals, and foreign currencies.  Our researchers believe mature economy currencies will quickly become new currency Safe-Havens for global investors over the next 10+ months as banking, credit and economic risks continue to shake out weaker markets.

Cryptos may see some support as price rotates over the next 10+ months prior to the US Presidential elections, yet we believe the real global asset markets (stocks, currencies, debt/credit, and bonds) will take center stage as the world transitions through a very tumultuous period prior to the November 2020 US elections.  Even for a period of time shortly after the US elections, global assets will continue to reposition as future economic and regional asset value expectations shift.

There is a very real potential that global investors continue to seek safety and liquidity in the global major markets, economies and global currencies.  Additionally, Precious Metals continue to show very little signs of weakening over the past 12+ months.

In fact, Precious Metals have continued to stay much stronger than many other investments over the past few years.  Gold is up +17.60% from October 2017.  Palladium is up 78.81% since October 2017. Silver is up 4.9% over that same period of time.  Once the next upside price leg begins in Precious Metals, we may see a massive price increase in Gold and Silver.  Supply issues continue to push Palladium prices higher as well.

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Gold is setting up in a manner that is very similar to what happened in April 2019 – a sideways momentum base pattern that eventually broke to the upside in early June 2019.  Once that move higher began to take place, the continued move to the upside was very quick and extensive.  We believe the next upside move in Gold and Silver will be very similar – a moderately slow rotation out of the momentum base, then a fast acceleration to the upside as global investors realize the shift to safety has begun again.

We believe Cryptos may be left on the sidelines as investors prefer more traditional assets as a measure of safety as global concerns continue to weigh on investor’s minds headed into a very contentious US presidential election.  Currencies, Metals, Mature global market assets and true value stocks may become the investment of choice until we see some real clarity for the future from the global markets, global central banks, and global political leaders.

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