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Crypto assets exceed USD 2 trillion

As a bleak first quarter draws to a close, crypto seems to have the wind in its sails. It has pushed through the USD 2 trillion barrier and is proving surprisingly resilient amid global chaos.

At Monday’s high of USD 47,765, market leader bitcoin broke above the narrow USD 34,000-44,000 range it’s traded in for most of 2022.

Through a steady grind higher from a low just above USD 40,000 on March 21, it has gained 18 percent.

Its comparative steadiness, versus previous performance at least, contrasts with stock markets, traditional currencies and even safe-haven gold, which have been shaken by the Russian invasion of Ukraine as well as the US Federal Reserve’s tightening.

Bitcoin’s jumpiness has waned of late.

Its 30-day volatility is around four percent, about two-thirds the level it was in June 2021, according to futures trading platform Coinglass. The highest this year was 4.56 percent on March 16.

This measures its deviation from its own standard levels, and bitcoin has still had wild swings, such as a 17 percent jump on March 1. But it’s distinctly tamer than in 2021 when it could move as much as 40 percent in a day.

By comparison, the tech-heavy Nasdaq (.IXIC) has whipsawed 5-6 percent on numerous days in 2022, and was down 20 percent for the year as of March 14, before it rallied to cut half that loss.

Time for bulls to come out and play?

“The largest conflict we’ve seen in Europe since World War Two has really rocked global markets,” said Pierce Crosby, General Manager at charting platform TradingView in New York.

“What we have seen across other major assets is a huge fallout – from both the US equity markets as well as global markets,” he added.

“Bitcoin has more or less stayed in a pretty tight range … but actually, in terms of the relative strength, it’s very bullish.”

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