The Cross-Section of Cryptocurrency Returns
91 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2018 Last revised: 18 Nov 2021
Date Written: May 28, 2019
At a given point in time, bitcoin prices are different on exchanges located in different countries, or against different currencies. While existing literature attributes the largest price differences to frictions, like market segmentation, trading platforms advertize how to execute trades based on this information. We provide a novel risk-based explanation of these price differences for a sample containing the most reputable exchanges and after accounting for all transaction costs and limitations to trade. Bitcoin prices for more ``expensive'' pairs are riskier because they depreciate more in bad times for cryptocurrency investors, when aggregate liquidity and investor sentiment are lower.
Keywords: cryptocurrencies; bitcoin; liquidity; discount
JEL Classification: G12; G14; G15; F31
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