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Bitcoin Is Plunging – It’s Still Clobbering the Stock Market

Last Updated March 27, 2023 4:17 AM
Mark Emem
Last Updated March 27, 2023 4:17 AM
a man blowing a bubble next to a bitcoin
The Bitcoin price plunged nearly 20% this week, but the cryptocurrency is still absolutely clobbering the stock market in 2019. | Source: Shutterstock (i), AP Photo / Richard Drew (ii). Image Edited by CCN.

By CCN Markets: The Bitcoin price has endured a vicious free-fall in mid-August. In the past week alone, the leading cryptocurrency has plunged by nearly 17%, and it’s currently hovering shakily near the psychologically important $10,000 level.

Bitcoin’s volatility is nothing new, but it tends to mask the undeniable fact that the cryptocurrency’s long-term returns are still clobbering the performance of the stock market and other traditional assets.

At the start of the year, the Bitcoin price was at around $3,800. This translates to an appreciation of approximately 160 percent year-to-date – even after this morning’s nosedive.

a line graph showing the price of bitcoin
The Bitcoin price is up around 160% in 2019, even after the August plunge. | Source: TradingView

In contrast, traditional assets such as gold and stock indices have all returned less than 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

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Gold, the legacy safe-haven asset, has appreciated by 18 percent in 2019. At the beginning of the year, an ounce of gold in the futures markets was priced at $1,283. Currently, it is trading at around $1,517 an ounce.

a chart of gold and us dollars
Gold is up 18% amid fears of a looming recession. | Source: TradingView

The S&P 500 stock market index, on the other hand, has gone up by roughly 13 percent. On January 2, the S&P 500 index was at 2,509 but is now at 2,840 following Wednesday’s bloodbath.

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S&P 500 Index is up 13% YTD | Source: TradingView

And if you think the S&P 500’s return is underwhelming, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed just 9 percent for the year.

dow jones industrial average index
The Dow Jones is up 9% in 2019. | Source: TradingView

‘Bitcoin could fall further and still win’

As an illustration of how much Bitcoin has appreciated since the year started, Morgan Creek Digital partner Anthony Pompliano noted  that the cryptocurrency could fall even further and still dramatically outperform the S&P 500, which tracks a basket of large-cap stocks.


However, even though Bitcoin has made impressive returns this year already – Thursday’s drop notwithstanding – don’t bet on the “the sky is falling” headlines going away.

At least not anytime soon.

Click here for a real-time Bitcoin price chart.