What Makes Cryptocurrencies Special? Investor Sentiment and Return Predictability During the Bubble
36 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2019 Last revised: 12 Jul 2019
Date Written: June 3, 2019
The 2017 bubble on the cryptocurrency market recalls our memory in the dot-com bubble, during which hard-to-measure fundamentals and investors' illusion for brand new technologies led to overvalued prices. Benefiting from the massive increase in the volume of messages published on social media and message boards, we examine the impact of investor sentiment, conditional on bubble regimes, on cryptocurrencies aggregate return prediction. Constructing a crypto-specific lexicon and using a local-momentum autoregression model, we find that the sentiment effect is prolonged and sustained during the bubble while it turns out a reversal effect once the bubble collapsed. The out-of-sample analysis along with portfolio analysis is conducted in this study. When measuring investor sentiment for a new type of asset such as cryptocurrencies, we highlight that the impact of investor sentiment on cryptocurrency returns is conditional on bubble regimes.
Keywords: Cryptocurrency; Sentiment; Bubble; Return Predictability
JEL Classification: G02; G10; G12
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