Bitcoin: Less Volatile Than Many S&P 500 Stocks?
By Gabor Gurbacs, Director of Digital Assets Strategy, VanEck
Historically, bitcoin has been discussed in the news and among investors as a nascent and volatile asset outside of the traditional stock and capital markets. Much of the volatility over the past few years can be attributed to sensitivity to small total market size, regulatory hurdles and generally limited penetration in mainstream stock and capital markets. While bitcoin continues to be a volatile asset, it may surprise researchers and investors as to what other major assets have been more volatile than bitcoin.
Source: Factset. Data as of 6/30/2020. Volatility is measured by daily standard deviation.
While there are no U.S. bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs) available today, we believe such products may show similar volatility characteristics—based on the comparison above—as many stocks in well-known indices and ETFs, such as the S&P 500 and related products.
About the Author:
Gabor Gurbacs is the Director of Digital Asset Strategy, and former member of the ETF product management team, at VanEck. Mr. Gurbacs has extensive digital asset trading and market structure experience on global digital asset trading platforms and he is well known in the digital asset community. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Gurbacs was a George Soros Scholar, Edgar Bronfman Fellow, serial entrepreneur, and holder of several new economy finance research positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Williams College. Mr. Gurbacs earned a BA from Williams College, triple majoring in Mathematics, German, and Sociology.The article above is an opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of MV Index Solutions or its affiliates.
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