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Trade Uncertainties and the Hedging Abilities of Bitcoin

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  • Elie Bouri

    () (USEK Business School, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, Lebanon)

  • Konstantinos Gkillas

    () (Department of Business Administration, University of Patras − University Campus, Rio, P.O. Box 1391, 26500 Patras, Greece)

  • Rangan Gupta

    () (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Abstract

In this paper, we use daily data from October 2011 to May 2019 to estimate the monthly realized correlation between stock returns of the United States (US) and Bitcoin returns. Then, we relate the realized correlation with a news-based measure of the growth of trade uncertainty for the US. Our results show that the realized correlation is negatively impacted by increases in trade uncertainty, suggesting that Bitcoin can act as a hedge relative to the US stock market in the wake of heightened trade policy-related uncertainties, and can provide diversification benefits for investors.

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  • Elie Bouri & Konstantinos Gkillas & Rangan Gupta, 2019. "Trade Uncertainties and the Hedging Abilities of Bitcoin," Working Papers 201948, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:201948
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    1. Elie Bouri & Konstantinos Gkillas & Rangan Gupta & Christian Pierdzioch, 2020. "Forecasting Realized Volatility of Bitcoin: The Role of the Trade War," Working Papers 202003, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
    2. Vasilios Plakandaras & Elie Bouri & Rangan Gupta, 2019. "Forecasting Bitcoin Returns: Is there a Role for the U.S. – China Trade War?," Working Papers 201980, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    US stock market; Bitcoin; realized correlation; trade uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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