BlackRock Downgrades US Treasuries; What It Means for Bitcoin?
The benchmark cryptocurrency, which rivals gold for its safe-haven spot, surged just like the precious metal after the March 2020 sell-off. Meanwhile, it erratically maintained a negative correlation with the US sovereign debt yields, illustrating that investors were also looking at Bitcoin as their alternative against government bonds.
Gold-US 10Y Treasury inverse correlation since March sell-off. Source: USD10Y on TradingView.com
He projected Bitcoin as an alternative.
BlackRock downgraded its ratings of the US Treasuries even as the government debt emerged as a haven during this week’s stock market sell-off.
Instead, BlackRock preferred to put their capital in inflation-linked bonds, a type of instrument that adjusts its principal according to the rate of inflation.
The chart above illustrates the growing inverse correlation between long-dated US Treasury yields and Gold. That said, the deeper the returns on government debts declined, the higher the precious metal climbed. That showed how investors are picking gold as their alternative to US bonds.
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We knew the FED has BlackRock in their back pocket but downgrading US treasuries to “underweight” before the election won’t please Donald Trump. Fiscal spending now risks higher yields and a steeper yield curve. Trillions of dollars need a new home.”
Should that happen, the appetite for non-yielding safe-haven assets like Bitcoin and gold could grow among investors. In short, the post-March correlation of the US bond yields against Bitcoin and gold could sustain for an unforeseeable future. Alex Saunder of the Nugget News AU weighed:
The prospects of a stock market sell-off also move investors into non-yielding speculative assets, such as Gold. The precious metal in the first quarter suffered major downside corrections as investors sold it to offset their losses in equity markets. That was also when the yields on the US 10-year government bond tumbled to its all-time low.
Bitcoin-US 10Y Treasury inverse correlation since March sell-off. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
“Such low rates reduce the asset class’s ability to act as ballast against equity market selloffs,” it added.
Interestingly, one more asset proved its inverse correlation with the US Treasury yields: Bitcoin.
New York-based BlackRock handles .8 trillion worth of assets under management, with fixed-income investments covering 68 percent of their overall portfolio. The firm stated that investors have no benefit in holding nominal government debts, mostly as its yields stay meager.
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