Bitcoin price this week exploded from its tightening consolidation range and within a day, broke through resistance at $10,000 and touched $11,400. The breakout followed gold setting a new record, rather than staying lock and step with stocks as the crypto asset has as of late.
Comparison charts show that the leading cryptocurrency by market cap may have ditched its correlation with the S&P 500 in favor of the soaring precious metal. If this is the case, this will benefit the entire crypto space – here’s why.
Bitcoin Swaps Correlation With S&P 500 For Gold
Gold set a new all-time high this week, just ahead of the United States government revealing details of their latest efforts to stimulate the economy.
The dollar dumping, as a result, sent safe haven assets like precious metals soaring as more money supply poured into the already flooded market.
The latest round of stimulus adds another $1 trillion to the Fed’s balance sheet, prompting investors to flock toward assets that could act as a hedge against the expected inflation. Bitcoin has been recently called the “fastest horse in the race against inflation” by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones.
In this latest shakeup in the dollar, not only did gold benefit but so did Bitcoin. In fact, Bitcoin more closely followed gold’s reaction to the continued printing of money supply than it did to the stock market.
The leading cryptocurrency by market cap has been uncannily correlated to the S&P500 since Black Thursday. But as the dollar collapsed this week, the correlation appears to have ended.
BTCUSD / SPX / XAUUSD Correlation Comparison Chart | Source: TradingView
How The Crypto Market Will Benefit From Comparison With Precious Metals
The stock market correlation caused Bitcoin and the rest of the crypto market to crash mid-March, just as the assets had been breaking out of bear market resistance. The FUD related to the pandemic proved to be too much for any asset, for that matter.
Stocks, crypto, and even precious metals collapsed. All markets rebounded sharply, but none of them have performed as well as gold. And as of this past week, Bitcoin.
The crypto asset’s correlation with the stock market has held Bitcoin back for several weeks. It has also acted as an ominous dark cloud hanging over the industry, where a second-leg down scenario in stocks could have led to a lower low in crypto.
Gold shining so brightly, and the cryptocurrency sharing so many similarities with the precious metal may have finally helped investors see through the storm and realize the asset’s potential.
No longer being at risk of getting dragged down by stocks in another massive drop scenario, is yet another way the greater crypto market will benefit from the return to anti-correlation with stocks.
XAGUSD / Altcoin Market Cap Correlation Comparison Chart | Source: TradingView
It’s not just BTC suddenly correlating more closely with gold, altcoins and silver are showing a shockingly similar chart pattern. Could altcoins be proving to be the silver counterpart to Bitcoin as digital gold?
The more these crypto assets join the safe haven conversation alongside precious metals, the narrative for the next bull market could be right under our noses.