How volatile is Bitcoin really compared to stocks?

Bitcoin has always been considered volatile. An investment management company has now found out that Bitcoin is actually less volatile than many shares of the S&P 500 index.

Hodler of Bitcoin knows that the price of their crypto currency can do a somersault in one day. Clever speculators use the price changes for strong profits. But is Bitcoin really so volatile or is it just a distortion of perspective?

The global investment management company VanEck has got to the bottom of this question and has revealed astonishing results.
Bitcoin and the S&P 500

VanEck compared Bitcoin to the shares included in the Standard & Poor’s 500. The S&P 500 is a stock index that tracks the 500 largest US companies listed on the stock exchange. The distribution within the index is weighted according to market capitalization, so that the index provides a true to scale representation of the companies. Overall, the S&P 500 is one of the most important stock indices in the world.

If one now compares Bitcoin and the shares in the S&P 500 over a 90-day period, it is clear that Bitcoin is less volatile than 112 of the shares included in the index. In fact, if you take the past year as the period, Bitcoin is less volatile than 145 of the shares in the S&P 500. In percentage terms, Bitcoin is generally less volatile than more than 20% of the shares in the stock index.

A surprise for many analysts and investors

Over the years, many people in the international financial community have advised against Bitcoin because of its alleged volatility or have gloated over it. In his blog entry VanEck explained:

Although Bitcoin is a volatile asset, it will surprise many analysts and investors how many other large assets have been even more volatile than Bitcoin.

It went on to say:

Much of the volatility in recent years is due to sensitivity to small overall market size, regulatory hurdles and generally low penetration in mainstream equity and capital markets.

Bitcoin has already won

The current analysis is not the first proof that an investment in Bitcoin can be more lucrative than in conventional stocks. For example, the Reddit user with the pseudonym „u/Joe-M-4“ conducted an experiment on this. At the beginning of 2019 he will invest 1,000 USD in the ten most popular crypto currencies and another 1,000 USD in the S&P 500 share index.

The result is still in flux, but the crypto currencies together have increased by 54 %. The profit with the S&P 500 is significantly behind (35 %).