Total cryptocurrency market cap fares poorly with a -55% price return, vs. major asset classes, YTD
Since the start of the year, the total cryptocurrency market cap has dropped 55.7% year-to-date (YTD), from $2.3 trillion to $1 trillion. Its largest decline happened between April to June 2022, falling over 50 percentage points. The cryptocurrency market has been moving sideways ever since, in tandem with the S&P 500 (SPX) and even Gold (XAU).
Other major asset classes also see a negative price return – the S&P 500 has dropped 19.3%, while Gold, which is typically perceived as a ‘safe bet’, has dipped 8.8%.
The US Dollar Index (DXY) and Crude Oil stay afloat
With multiple interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve to combat inflation, the US Dollar Index (DXY) has steadily climbed 15.7% from the start of the year
Crude Oil prices peaked in June 2022 due to a strong demand met with short supply, when sanctions were imposed on Russian oil, after its Ukraine invasion. This was later met with a slump in 2H 2022, with oil prices slipping below $100 a barrel for the first time since early May 2022. Central banks’ interest rate hikes to fight inflation fears, coupled with the U.S. government data revealing lower gasoline demand despite the peak summer driving season, is likely to have caused this correction.
In October 2022, Crude Oil prices inch upwards with the expectation of OPEC+ planning a production cut. This has resulted in the continual rise in Crude Oil prices since its dip at the end of September 2022, reflecting a 13.7% gain YTD.
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