Released bi-weekly, this report aims to identify broad trends in the cryptocurrency market. In order to reflect the latest developments in this fast-paced and volatile market, the reports plan to focus on metrics derived from a 30-day rolling window of data, this time from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019.
Our universe of analysis includes 50 of some of the most widely used and traded cryptocurrencies. Please see Appendix A for the complete list.
The performance of major cryptocurrencies over the past month was good, with 44 out of the 50 cryptocurrencies that we examined up from their values 30 days ago. Bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is currently trading slightly about $7900 at the time of writing.
Outside of cryptocurrencies, the S&P 500 is down 0.28% from 30 days ago and closed last Friday at $2873.34.
Figure 1 presents the risk versus return trade-off over the past 30 days by plotting mean daily return versus historical daily volatility for various cryptocurrencies.
Figure 1. Plot of mean daily return against historical daily volatility for individual cryptocurrencies from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019. Higher returns at a given level of risk, measured through historical daily volatility, indicates a better investment.
The best performer overall over the past month was Bitcoin SV (BSV), with a total return of 232.00%. Bitcoin SV was created last November after a hard fork to Bitcoin Cash. It aims to restore the original Bitcoin protocol, closely following the concept as described in Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper.
The second and third best performing cryptocurrencies were Monacoin (MONA) and Chainlink (LINK), with total returns of 160.57% and 67.83% respectively.
Basic Attention Token (BAT) was the worst performing cryptocurrency, with total losses of 7.66%. Basic Attention Token is a digital advertising token used to connect advertisers, content publishers, and content users. It is intended to monetize and reward user attention while also providing advertisers with better ROI.
The second and third worst performing cryptocurrencies were Reputation (REP) and Bytecoin (BCN) with total losses of 5.89% and 1.28% respectively.
Figure 2a. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each of the five cryptocurrencies with the highest total returns from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019. More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.
Figure 2b. Mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each of the five cryptocurrencies with the lowest total returns from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019 More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.
Figure 3 plots daily candlesticks of the prices of BTC and ETH, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. We also show BSV the top performer this past month. In addition, the following commonly used technical analysis indicators are shown:
– Simple moving averages (SMA) with periods of 50, 100, and 200 days
– Relative strength index (RSI) with a period of 14 days
– Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) with a fast EMA period of 12 days,
slow EMA period of 26 days, and a signal period of 9 days
The 50-day simple moving averages for Bitcoin and Ethereum continue to stay above the 100-day moving averages, a continuation of a long-term bullish signal. In addition, the 50-day simple moving average for Bitcoin SV just crossed above the 100-day moving average in May. This is the start of a long-term bullish signal.
The RSI values of three cryptocurrencies crossed below the 70 overbought threshold from above at various times over the past month; a bearish signal that indicates that upwards momentum has ended. The RSI values are now in between 30 and 70, indicating that they are neither overbought or oversold.
For Bitcoin and Ethereum, the MACD line crossed below MACD signal line around the end of May, and in the case of Bitcoin SV, this just happened on June 8. This is known as a bearish crossover and can also be interpreted as a bearish signal.
Figure 3a. Price of Bitcoin (BTC) in USD at Bitstamp from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019.
Figure 3b. Price of Ether (ETH) in USD at Bitstamp from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019.
Figure 3c. Price of Bitcoin SV (BSV) at Binance in USD from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019.
Appendix A: Cryptocurrencies
Below is a complete list of all cryptocurrencies examined in this market report. In addition, we present the mean daily returns, historical daily volatility, total returns, and ex-post Sharpe ratio for each cryptocurrency from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019. More positive Sharpe ratios are more desirable. The Sharpe ratio is calculated with the 10 year US Treasury bill rate as the annual risk-free rate.
Appendix B: Methodology
The daily price data of cryptocurrencies in USD at 4:00 PM EST from May 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019 was used for our calculations.
The prices are the volume weighted average price of the cryptocurrency in USD at 4:00 PM EST each day across all exchanges where Coinscious has data. The only exception is Siacoin (SC), where we used the Yahoo Finance price instead due to data quality issues at the time of writing.
Daily closing price data of the S&P 500 index was obtained from Yahoo Finance. The latest 10 year US Treasury bill rate from YCharts was used for calculations involving a risk-free rate.In subsequent reports, we may update our universe, sectors, methodology, and analysis to reflect new developments.
Appendix C: Terminology
Volatility: A measure of the dispersion in the trading price of an instrument over a certain period of time, defined as the standard deviation of an instrument’s returns.
Sharpe ratio: A risk adjusted measure of return that describes the reward per unit of risk. The reward is the average excess returns of an investment against a benchmark or risk-free rate of return, and the risk is the standard deviation of the excess returns. A higher Sharpe ratio is better. Ex-ante Sharpe ratio is calculated with expected returns whereas ex-post Sharpe ratio is calculated with realized historical returns.
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