Bitcoin Volatility Explained

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Defining Bitcoin Volatility

Volatility refers to “how much price jumps up and down over time.” The VIX is the most widely-followed measure of volatility and serves as a measure for the expected future volatility of the USA’s S&P 500 index.

Usually the smaller market cap an asset has the more volatile it will be. Imagine throwing a rock into a small pond. Now take the same rock and throw it into the ocean. The rock will have much more effect on the pond than on the ocean. In the same manner Bitcoin (the small pond for now) is more volatile (i.e. affected) by everyday buy / sell orders (the rock).

Volatility is a mathematical measure of the potential size of likely price changes. Relative volatility expectations explain why a 2% daily change in the value of a major currency may shock markets whereas a 4% daily move in Bitcoin is considered fairly standard.


BTC (blue line) and Pound (red line) volatility…

Source: CoinFire

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