AIER: Bitcoin is Less Volatile than Other Cryptos

American Institute For Economic Research (AIER) has informed that Bitcoin has significantly been less volatile than other digital assets since 2013
22 June 2018   582

AIER conducted a study in early 2018, comparing Bitcoin to major cryptocurrencies and digital assets including Litecoin, Ripple, Ethereum and Bitcoin. AIER revealed that Bitcoin has been consistently less volatile than the 4 major cryptocurrencies and discovered an interesting trend in the cryptocurrency market. The researchers pointed out that there exists a variety of ways economists measure volatility of a currency or an asset. In its study of cryptocurrencies, AIER researchers utilized a basic method of observing the daily price movement of Bitcoin and other digital assets in the global market.

Economists and statisticians measure a variable’s volatility in many ways. We choose a relatively simple metric: the average daily percentage change in price. We average the absolute value of daily percentage returns for each cryptocurrency and year.
Researchers, AIER

As the daily price movement of Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) were compared since 2013, AIER created a database of averaged daily price movement of every cryptocurrency over the past 5 years. Considering that Bitcoin Cash debuted in late 2017, the price movement of BCH since September of last year was included in the analysis.

Major cryptocurrencies and their volatility rates comparison by AIER
Major cryptocurrencies and their volatility rates comparison by AIER

From 2013 until 2018, Bitcoin demonstrated the lowest volatility rate amongst the 4 major cryptos, that have also been less unstable in comparison to small market cap assets and tokens. The claims of most cryptocurrency analysts that the market valuation of the majority of initial coin offering (ICO) tokens and small blockchain projects is mostly ETH have shown the lowest level of volatility and highest level of stability amongst all cryptocurrencies in the market.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   173

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.