Any Port in a Storm: Cryptocurrency Safe-Havens during the COVID-19 Pandemic

13 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020

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Shaen Corbet

Dublin City University ; University of Waikato - Management School

Greg Hou

University of Waikato - Management School

Yang Hu

University of Waikato - Management School

Charles James Larkin

Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath; Trinity College Dublin

Les Oxley

University of Waikato - Department of Economics and Finance; Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust; Curtin University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 25, 2020

Abstract

Controlling for the polarity and subjectivity of social media data based on the development of the COVID-19 outbreak, we analyse the relationships between the largest cryptocurrencies and such time-varying realisation as to the scale of the economic shock centralised within the rapidly-escalating pandemic. We find evidence of significant growth in both returns and volumes traded, indicating that large cryptocurrencies acted as a store of value during this period of exceptional financial market stress. Further, cryptocurrency returns are found to be significantly influenced by negative sentiment relating to COVID-19. While not only providing diversification benefits for investors, results suggest that these digital assets acted as a safe-haven similar to that of precious metals during historic crises.

Keywords: COVID-19; Pandemic; Sentiment; Cryptocurrency; Safe-haven; Financial Crisis

Suggested Citation

Corbet, Shaen and Hou, Greg and Hu, Yang and Larkin, Charles James and Oxley, Les, Any Port in a Storm: Cryptocurrency Safe-Havens during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 25, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3610461 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3610461

Shaen Corbet (Contact Author)

Dublin City University ( email )

Dublin 9
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University of Waikato - Management School ( email )

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New Zealand

Greg Hou

University of Waikato - Management School ( email )

Hamilton
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Yang Hu

University of Waikato - Management School ( email )

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Charles James Larkin

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Les Oxley

University of Waikato - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

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