Bitcoin Mining and Native Inventory Market Efficiency Correlations

Crypto is an uncorrelated asset class, in keeping with its proponents, and as such must contribute to portfolio diversification. Nevertheless, research has shown that this claim hasn’t held up particularly well.

We examined the connection between the place bitcoin mining was performed and the way the efficiency of the native fairness markets correlated with bitcoin costs and located that in the USA particularly, the efficiency of the S&P 500 and bitcoin costs have exhibited a optimistic correlation over the past 5 years.

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As a result of the USA and China are the place most bitcoin mining has been performed over the past 5 years, we used the S&P 500, Grasp Seng, and Shanghai Composite indices as our regional proxies. We calculated the rolling nine-month correlation between bitcoin returns and every of the three indices utilizing weekly information. We then in contrast that with the bitcoin hash price by nation from September 2019—which is way back to dependable data go—to January 2022.The bitcoin hash price measures the computational energy of the bitcoin blockchain and is a proxy for a way a lot bitcoin mining is being performed.

Previous to November 2020, China accounted for greater than 60% of bitcoin mining. However fast-forward to November 2021 and China’s share had plunged to about 15% in response to authorities steps to cut back bitcoin mining. Over the identical time interval, the USA climbed from representing about 10% of world bitcoin mining to greater than 35%.

Bitcoin Hash Fee Distribution by Nation, Sept. 2019 to Jan. 2022

Bitcoin Mining Distribution by Nation, 2019 to 2022

These developments make the November 2020 to November 2021 time-frame a wonderful window into how bitcoin-prices-to-index correlations modify as bitcoin mining ebbs and flows. We discovered that as US crypto mining spiked between November 2020 and November 2021, bitcoin’s correlation with the S&P 500 rose to 0.39 from 0.28. However as crypto mining plummeted in China throughout the identical interval, bitcoin’s correlation with the 2 Chinese language indices fell additionally. The Grasp Seng’s and Shanghai Composite’s bitcoin correlation declined to -0.14 from 0.21 and to -0.44 from 0.09, respectively.

Bitcoin Correlations with Fairness Indices

November 2020 November 2021
S&P 500 0.283 0.386
Grasp Seng 0.213 –0.138
Shanghai Composite 0.085 –0.437

The outcomes counsel the extra bitcoin is mined in a specific nation, the higher the correlation between the cryptocurrency and native fairness markets. As bitcoin mining declines in a area, the correlation between bitcoin and native inventory markets subsides as nicely.

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Concerning annual correlations between bitcoin costs and the indices in query, our speculation holds up there too. The extra bitcoin mining in a locale, the higher the correlation between the value of bitcoin and native inventory markets. This relationship was strongest with the S&P 500 and Shanghai Composite and fewer so with the Grasp Seng over the complete time interval.

Annual Correlations: Bitcoin and Fairness Indices

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
S&P 500 –0.174 –0.119 –0.045 0.064 0.155 0.186 0.747
Grasp Seng –0.289 –0.378 0.010 0.011 0.148 –0.190 0.400
Shanghai Composite 0.014 0.253 0.096 0.122 0.169 –0.390 –0.040

In complete, our outcomes point out that the place bitcoin is mined could have an effect on the way it strikes and which inventory indices it strikes with. And this impacts what kind of diversification advantages bitcoin could or could not deliver to a portfolio.

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Derek Horstmeyer

Derek Horstmeyer is a professor at George Mason College Faculty of Enterprise, specializing in exchange-traded fund (ETF) and mutual fund efficiency. He at present serves as Director of the brand new Monetary Planning and Wealth Administration main at George Mason and based the primary student-managed funding fund at GMU.

Zihan Chen

Zihan Chen is a present senior at George Mason College pursuing a bachelor’s diploma in finance. He plans to review for a grasp’s diploma in finance or economics after commencement. He’s a dean’s listing scholar, FNAN & FPWM Honor Applications member, and Beta Alpha Psi candidate. He additionally serves as an analyst for the Montano Scholar Funding Fund and can pursue a profession in finance post-graduation.

Yuyi Shi

Yuyi Shi is at present in her senior 12 months at George Mason College the place she is pursuing a bachelor’s of science diploma in finance. Her focuses are information administration and evaluation, funds administration, and inventory potential evaluation. Upon commencement, she plans to proceed her educational profession by finishing a grasp’s diploma in finance.

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