By Joanna Ossinger

There’s one asset escaping the pounding from the spreading coronavirus: Bitcoin.

The biggest cryptocurrency rose as excessive as $9,142.80 on Tuesday, a stage final seen early November. Different cash rallied as nicely, with the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index gaining as a lot as 1.7 per cent to greater than a two-month excessive.

The will increase come after final week’s poor efficiency within the run as much as Lunar New Yr celebrations, which some individuals anticipated to set off a slowdown in buying and selling.

Potential explanations for the rally embrace Bitcoin’s potential new safe-haven standing amid risk-off strikes fueled by the unfold of the virus. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou final week mentioned that choices on the cryptocurrency are “off to an honest begin.”


“Some hedge funds who don’t essentially have a basic view on Bitcoin route may see alternatives in buying and selling volatility,” Panigirtzoglou wrote in a notice Friday. “The CME’s repute and credibility in US derivatives markets extra broadly might be a considerable benefit in attracting these potential market individuals.”

Nomura Securities Worldwide’s Charlie McElligott in a notice Monday pointed to US five-year actual yields on the most detrimental since April 2017 “appearing as a serious bullish catalyst for gold and Bitcoin.”

After all, Bitcoin can be famously unstable, having gone parabolic in late 2017 to succeed in about $19,000, earlier than tumbling again over the course of the following 12 months. It had fairly a experience even in 2019, having began the 12 months simply above $three,000 and spiking to almost $14,000 in June earlier than ending December at $7,158.