Bitcoin saw gains in September while traditional assets experienced significant losses, highlighting the diversification properties of cryptocurrencies, according to Grayscale. The decline in global markets was attributed to rising government bond yields and higher oil prices. Bitcoin’s on-chain metrics improved during the month, while stablecoin market capitalization stabilized after a year of decline. The focus remained on Layer 2 blockchains and the potential approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the US market. Despite positive signs for the crypto industry, the overall financial market may still pose challenges. However, Bitcoin’s recent stability suggests that its valuation could recover when the macro backdrop improves.
Bitcoin gained 4% in September, contrasting with traditional assets that suffered substantial losses. Cryptocurrencies have become more correlated with other markets but still provide diversification benefits in challenging market environments. The pressure on global assets seemed to originate from the US bond market, influenced by the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise overnight interest rates and slower rate reductions next year. The resilience of Bitcoin amidst traditional asset losses demonstrates the diversification benefits of digital assets and the industry’s improving fundamentals.
The approval of a spot ETF could be a significant catalyst for Bitcoin’s price. The SEC has until October 13th to seek a rehearing following its loss to Grayscale in a recent ruling. If the agency forgoes an appeal, it will reconsider Grayscale’s pending application and other spot Bitcoin ETF filings. Overall, Bitcoin’s performance in September and its ability to provide diversification highlight its potential as a valuable asset in the financial market.
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