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Bitcoin bolsters claim as a haven with rally topping gold’s

Although one day of trading does not a safe haven make.
Bitcoin's price took chase after gold as global stocks slumped Monday. Image: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Bitcoin’s claim for being digital gold appears to have another piece of evidence in its corner.

In a day where global stocks plunged on concerns over the impact of the deadly coronavirus, the largest cryptocurrency gained as much as 5.8% while gold rose as much as 1.1%.

  

Of course one day of trading does not a safe haven make. Critics of the assertion, or some would say mantra, that Bitcoin is a digital analogue to the precious metal could rightly point to a falling short-term correlation between the two assets throughout the fourth quarter of 2019. As Bitcoin’s price fell from more than $12 000 a coin last summer to less than $7 000 in the fall, gold rallied by about 20%.

But since the beginning of the new year, the two assets 60-day correlation has flipped from negative to positive. The correlation coeffecient now stands at 0.21, up from a low of negative 0.15 in December, and above the trailing one-year daily average.

Read: Gold parades haven status with rally to highest close since ‘13

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Don’t care for statistical analysis? Well then take a look at how the cryptocurrency performed on another tumultuous day this year. Bitcoin and gold moved in tandem in the hours after Iran retaliated with a missile strike against the U.S. for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.

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To reiterate my profitable post from two weeks ago.

1. Bitcoin hash rate currently at record highs
2. The halving in May
3. Massive quite institutional adoption last quarter, $600 million GBTC alone.

#drop gold, crypto is the fashion now.

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