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Bitcoin, a better investment option than gold now? A Sharpe look says…

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Bitcoin achieved this feat despite high volatility, and that means a lot for BTC holders.

Bitcoin beats Gold

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  • Bitcoin’s Sharpe Ratio was higher than Gold’s and that of other key equity and commodity markets
  • Bitcoin’s 30-day realized volatility in the first week of April was the highest since late 2022

World’s largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin [BTC] outperformed mainstream financial instruments of the market in risk-adjusted returns, all while maintaining its typical “high-volatility” characteristics.

The best investment option currently?

According to crypto-market data provider Kaiko, Bitcoin’s Sharpe Ratio was higher than Gold’s and that of other key equity and commodity markets in early April.

Risk adjusted return

Source: Kaiko

The Sharpe ratio is a widely used metric in finance, measuring the risk-adjusted returns on a financial instrument. Put simply, it compares the performance of the asset relative to its volatility – Both downside and upside.

Typically, a Sharpe ratio of one or higher is considered a good risk-adjusted return rate. In the aforementioned graph, Bitcoin’s Sharpe ratio is around four.

High volatility, but higher returns

Here, it is worth noting that Bitcoin’s 30-day realized volatility in the first week of April was its highest since late 2022. Moreover, it exceeded volatility of assets like Gold significantly. This suggested that despite the wild swings in prices, Bitcoin emerged as an attractive investment option.

BItcoin volatility

Source: Kaiko

Bitcoin has bounced 60% since the beginning of 2024, and more than 4x from the lows of the 2022 bear market. At the time of writing, it was trading around its high $67k levels, with multiple analyses predicting a strong bullish surge in the months to come.


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A higher risk-adjusted return bodes well for the future adoption of the world’s largest cryptocurrency. In fact, the inklings of this are already noticeable too.

Finally, according to AMBCrypto’s analysis of Glassnode’s data, Bitcoin wallets with non-zero balances have grown sharply in recent years, implying confidence in the asset’s long-term potential.

Bitcoin non-zero addresses

Source: Glassnode

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Aniket Verma works as a journalist at AMBCrypto. Contrary to most who are primarily interested in merely tracking price movements of cryptos, his focus is on examining the niche intersection between cryptocurrencies and traditional finance. A so-so Bitcoin maximalist, Aniket has a strong disdain for memecoins and the unfounded frenzy they seem to generate every market season. Coming from a strong engineering background, Aniket previously worked as a Content Manager for TV9 Network. Before his stint over there, he was an Associate Multimedia News Producer at Reuters.
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