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Safe-Haven Performance in the Age of Bitcoin

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In past periods of financial stress, investors seeking “safe havens” have shifted toward government bonds and gold. In recent years, some have questioned whether Bitcoin could also serve as a safe haven. We compare the behavior of government bonds, gold, and Bitcoin from January 1995 through February 2020 and find that the 10-year Treasury note behaved like a safe haven consistently, gold occasionally, and Bitcoin never. During March 2020, however, none of the assets can be classified with confidence as a safe haven.

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  • Jesse Leigh Maniff & Sabrina Minhas & David Rodziewicz & Rebecca Ruiz, 2020. "Safe-Haven Performance in the Age of Bitcoin," Economic Bulletin, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issue April 15,, pages 1-4, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedkeb:87800
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    1. Iqbal, Najaf & Fareed, Zeeshan & Wan, Guangcai & Shahzad, Farrukh, 2021. "Asymmetric nexus between COVID-19 outbreak in the world and cryptocurrency market," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 73(C).

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