Bitcoin (BTC) had no positive correlation with the traditional inflation hedge gold during the past 60 days, and has instead developed a weak positive correlation with the US stock market, a new report from the crypto-focused financial services firm BitOoda has found.
The correlation between the largest cryptocurrency and the S&P 500 stock index stood at 22% for the past 60 days, according to the report.
The notable correlation gave bitcoin one of the highest stock market correlations of any cryptoasset. Only ethereum (ETH), dogecoin (DOGE), and vechain (VET) among the top 20 cryptoassets by market capitalization saw a marginally higher correlation of 23% each.
Meanwhile, the report also found that correlations between crypto in general and other assets tend to increase during so-called “risk-off periods,” thus providing little downside protection for an investment portfolio. The “risk-off periods” were identified by examining the 30 worst days for the S&P 500 in the past two years.
“Thus, the crypto asset class may be less of a hedge than investors expect on the days they most need a hedge,” BitOoda warned.
In terms of the spot price of gold, the firm found that nearly all of the top 20 cryptoassets had a negative correlation over the past 60 days, with ETH and uniswap (UNI) standing out as the most uncorrelated. Both coins had a negative correlation with gold of -22%, the data showed.