Bitcoin remains correlated to the equity market amid the ongoing financial crisis
March 28, 2020, 10:45AM EDT
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Amid the current financial crisis, bitcoin has yet to prove itself to be the “safe-haven” asset that many claim it to be. In fact, research by The Block shows that bitcoin has been relatively correlated to the equity market.
The correlation between bitcoin and the S&P 500 index started out negative at the beginning of the year. Going into March, however, it entered into the positive range and reached a high of 0.32. The contract between the negative correlation in Jan. and the positive one in March. – both statistically significant – shows an interesting development.
“The correlation can disappear just as quickly as it showed up,” said The Block researcher Larry Cermak. “But there is no indication of that as of yet.”
The Block Research was commissioned by Algorand to create Layer-1 Platforms: A Framework for comparison, which provides a “look under the hood” at seven platforms: Algorand, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, Cosmos, Ethereum/Ethereum 2.0, Polkadot, and Solana.
We assess their technical design, related ecosystem data, and qualitative factors such as key ecosystem members to get an understanding of how they differ. Having done this analysis, we draw some insights for what the future of the broader smart contract landscape could look like for years to come.