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How Bitcoin and Ethereum compare to Global Currencies so far in 2022

The cryptocurrency industry has historically been more volatile than either equities or forex markets. However, since COVID, there has been increased volatility across most investible assets. Interestingly, the pound fell at one of its sharpest rates in history following the recent mini-budget, while Bitcoin has remained relatively stable around the $19,000 market.

Equities correlation increases

The correlation between equities such as S&P 500 and Bitcoin is known to have been increasing drastically throughout 2022. The chart below shows that the correlation is near all-time highs and almost double that of 2020.

Source: Coinmetrics

While the correlation has been falling between the S&P500 and Bitcoin since early October, it is still at around 0.57. However, how has Bitcoin performed against currencies like the Dollar, Pound, Euro, Yen, and other major currencies?

October comparisons with global fiat currencies

Since October 7, both Bitcoin and Ethereum have seen a 2.85% to 3.85% decline, respectively. While the British Pound, Euro, Chinese Yuan, and Israeli shekel also fell to 1.37%, the U.S. Dollar, Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen, and Canadian Dollar rose to 0.65%.

The data thus shows that the volatility in the crypto markets is slightly outside that of the legacy currency market but not by as wide a margin as some might expect. For a global fiat currency to lose 1.37% of its value in 14 days is alarming, but for Bitcoin, a 2.85% decline is mild to what many are used to seeing.

Source: DXY 1w, TradingView

Quarterly comparisons with global fiat currencies

The chart for the last quarter of 2022 (since August) paints a broader picture of the situation. Ethereum has seen the most volatility in Q3, while the U.S. Dollar has remained relatively flat and consistently strengthened since late August.

Source: DXY 1mnth, TradingView

Bitcoin has seen a more significant drawdown than Ethereum over the period but less volatility. The volatility of all other currencies has followed a similar trend since mid-September.

Year-to-date comparisons with global fiat currencies

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