The S&P 500 is down 2.6% since the dawn of the new year, and none of these issues appear to be getting any better.
Investors that thought the crypto markets would offer some protection were sorely mistaken. After peaking in November at nearly $68,000, Bitcoin (BTC) has been in steep decline ever since. The low saw it dip below $42,000 in the first week of 2022, a nearly 38% decline from its high.
The overall crypto market has not fared any better, with the global crypto economy dipping 4.5% in a single day recently. Ethereum (ETH), the 2nd largest cryptocurrency, has had an even worse start to 2022 than Bitcoin; it’s down nearly 16% in the first ten days of the year. Even Elon Musk’s cryptocurrency of choice, Dogecoin (DOGE), is down 18% in 2022.
The one area of the crypto economy that held up better than the rest was the stablecoins. Stablecoins, such as Tether (USDT), which are tied to underlying assets like gold or the U.S. dollar, has been a popular choice for investors fleeing coins that are seen as riskier. While everything else has been in freefall, these coins have been trading relatively flat.
This trend towards less risky crypto assets is likely to continue in the near term, as the uncertainty in the overall market is showing no signs of abating. Investors shouldn’t be surprised if Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies drift lower while stablecoins continue to tread water while riding out the storm.
Wealthy VC does not hold a position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article.