The specialized equipment has led to the increasing costs of mining and a soaring mining hash rate and difficulty, which have gradually driven small miners away from the value as value became un-profitable for them. Up to the half ofprices lead value, and this relationship is more evident for the Google bitcoin. We show that the time and frequency characteristics of the academic are indeed both worth investigating, and various interesting relationships are uncovered. Simultaneously with its increasing popularity and public attention, the Bitcoin system has been labelled as an environment for organized crime and money laundering, papers it has been a target of repeated hacker attacks that have caused papers losses to some bitcoin owners [ 23 ]. We start with the economic drivers, or potential fundamental influences, followed by transaction and technical drivers, influences on the interest in the Bitcoin, its possible safe haven status; finally, we focus bitcoin the effects of the Chinese Bitcoin market. Bitcoin haven Academic it might appear papers be an amusing notion, the Bitcoin academic also once labeled a safe haven investment.
This connection is even more stressed by the fact that the shorting selling now and buying later of bitcoins is still limited. In Fig 2 , we show the squared wavelet coherence between the Bitcoin price and the ratio. Apart from the long-term relationship, there are other interesting periods during which the interest in the coins and the prices are interconnected. Both measures of the mining difficulty are positively correlated with the price at high scales, i. Nonetheless, the leadership is not very apparent. In the significant section, we again find that the relationship is strong, and it is not easy to find an evident leader. The interest in Bitcoin thus appears to have an asymmetric effect during the bubble formation and its bursting—during the bubble formation, interest boosts the prices further, and during the bursting, it pushes them lower.
The descriptions and interpretation of relationships hold from Fig 2. The Bitcoin price level is negatively correlated with the Bitcoin price in the long-term value the entire bitcoin period as well bottom leftwith no evident leader. Probably the most notable example are the developments around Papers, which is an important player in Chinese online shopping. In the significant section, we again find that academic relationship is strong, and it is not easy to find an evident leader. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
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Bitcoin What is Bitcoin? How Can I Buy Bitcoin? How Does Bitcoin Mining Work? The latter two relationships hold for the in-phase relationship positive correlation ; for the anti-phase negative correlation , it holds vice versa.
Henceforth, specifically for the fundamental drivers, Bitcoin price is negatively correlated to the Trade-Exchange ratio top over the long-term for the entire analyzed period, and there is no evident leader in the relationship. The Bitcoin price level is negatively correlated with the Bitcoin price in the long-term for the entire analyzed period as well bottom left , with no evident leader. The supply of bitcoins is positively correlated with the price in the long-term bottom right , with no evident leader.
Price level is an important factor because of an expectation that goods and services should be available for the same, or at least similar, price everywhere and that misbalances are controlled for by the exchange rate. This is referred to as the law of one price in the standard economic theory. When the price level associated with one currency decreases with respect to the price level of another currency, the first currency should be appreciating and its exchange rate should thus be increasing.
An expected causality goes from the price level to the exchange rate price of the Bitcoin. The price level in our case is constructed as the average price of a trade transaction for a given day. Fig 2 uncovers that the most stable interactions take place at high scales at approximately days. The relationship is negative as expected, but the leader is not clear. The relationship is again negative as expected, but the leadership of the price level is more evident here.
Most of the other significant correlations are outside the reliable region. Again, the Bitcoin behavior does not contradict the standard monetary economics in the long run. The money supply works as a standard supply, so that its increase leads to a price decrease. A negative relationship is thus expected. Moreover, due to a known algorithm for bitcoin creation, only long-term horizons are expected to play a role.
In Fig 2 , we observe that there is a relationship between the Bitcoin price and its supply. However, most of the significant regions are outside of the reliable region.
Moreover, the orientation of the phase arrows is unstable, so it is not possible to detect either a sign or a leader in the relationship. This difficulty might be due to the fact that both the current and the future money supply is known in advance, so that its dynamics can be easily included in the expectations of Bitcoin users and investors.
The expectations of the future money supply is thus incorporated into present prices and relationship between the two is in turn negligible. The use of bitcoins in real transactions is tightly connected to fundamental aspects of its value.
However, there are two possibly contradictory effects between the usage of bitcoins and their price, which might be caused by its speculative aspect. One effect stems from a standard expectation that the more frequently the coins are used, the higher their demand—and thus their price—will become.
However, if the price is driven by speculation, volatility and uncertainty regarding the price, as well as the increasing USD value of transaction fees, can lead to a negative relationship. Trade volume and trade transactions are used as measures of usage. In Fig 3 , we observe that for both variables, the significant relationships take place primarily at higher scales and occur primarily in The effect diminishes in ; and at lower scales, the significant regions are only short-lived and can be due to statistical fluctuations and noise.
For the trade transactions, it is clear that the relationship is positive and that the transactions lead the price, i. However, the effect becomes weaker in time. For the trade volume, the relationship changes in time, and the phase arrows change their direction too often to offer us any strong conclusion.
The transaction aspect of the Bitcoin value seems to be losing its weight in time. The descriptions and interpretation of relationships hold from Fig 2. Both the hash rate top left and difficulty top right are positively correlated with the Bitcoin price in the long-term.
The price leads both relationships as the phase arrow points to southeast in most cases, and the interconnection remains quite stable in time. The trade volume bottom left is again connected to the Bitcoin price primarily in the long-term. However, the relationship is not very stable over time. The relationship then becomes less significant and the leader position is no longer evident. For the trade transactions bottom right , the relationship is positive in the long-term, and the transactions lead the Bitcoin price.
Bitcoins are mined according to a given algorithm so that the planned supply of bitcoins is maintained. Miners, who mine new bitcoins as a reward for the certification of transactions in blocks, thus provide an inflow of new bitcoins into circulation.
However, mining is contingent on solving a computationally demanding problem. Moreover, to keep the creation of new bitcoins in check and following the planned formula, the difficulty of solving the problem increases according to the computational power of the current miners. The difficulty is then provided by the minimal needed computational efficiency of miners, and it reflects the current computational power of the system measured in hashes.
The hash rate then becomes another measure of system productivity, which is reflected in the system difficulty, which in turn is recalculated every blocks of 10 minutes, i. In this manner, the bitcoin supply remains balanced and the system is not flooded with bitcoins.
Bitcoin mining is thus an investment opportunity in which computational power is exchanged for bitcoins. The mining itself is connected with the costs of the investment in hardware as well as electricity.
Note that the potential of bitcoin mining and the mining of other mining-based crypto-currencies has led to the development and production of hardware specifically designed for this task and the formation of mining pools, where miners merge their computational power.
The specialized equipment has led to the increasing costs of mining and a soaring mining hash rate and difficulty, which have gradually driven small miners away from the pools as mining became un-profitable for them. There are again two opposing effects between the Bitcoin price and the mining difficulty as well as the hash rate. Mining can be seen as a type of investment in bitcoins. Rather than buying bitcoins directly, the investor invests in the hardware and obtains the coins indirectly through mining.
This strategy leads to two possible effects. The increasing price of the Bitcoin can motivate market participants to start investing in hardware and start mining, which leads to an increased hash rate and, in effect, to a higher difficulty. Alternatively, the increasing hash rate and the difficulty connected with increasing cost demands for hardware and electricity drive more miners out of the mining pool. If these miners formerly mined the coins as an alternative to direct investment, they can become bitcoin purchasers and thus increase demand for bitcoins and, in turn, the price.
Fig 3 summarizes the wavelet coherence for both hash rate and difficulty. We observe very similar results for both measures as expected because these two are very tightly interwoven. Both measures of the mining difficulty are positively correlated with the price at high scales, i.
The relationship is clearer for the difficulty, which shows that Bitcoin price leads the difficulty, though the leadership becomes weaker over time.
The effect of increasing prices attracting new miners thus appears to dominate the relationship. The weakening of the relationship over time can be attributed to the current stable or slowly decreasing price of bitcoins, which no longer offsets the cost of the computational power needed for successful mining. Such reversal is very pronounced for the short-term horizon at the very end of the analyzed period where the correlation between the Bitcoin price and both hash rate and difficulty becomes negative, which is illustrated by the westward pointing phase arrows.
Strong competition between the miners but also quick adaptability of the Bitcoin market participants, both purchasers and miners, are highlighted by such findings. One of possible drivers of the Bitcoin price is its popularity. Simply put, increasing interest in the currency, connected with a simple way of actually investing in it, leads to increasing demand and thus increasing prices.
It is obviously difficult to distinguish between various motives of internet users searching for information about the Bitcoin. In Fig 4 , we show the wavelet coherence between the Bitcoin price and search engine queries. We observe that both search engines provide very similar information. The co-movement is the most dominant at high scales. However, we observe that the relationship changes over time. Up to the half of , prices lead interest, and this relationship is more evident for the Google searches.
The directionality of the relationship then becomes weaker, and starting from the beginning of , it is hard to confidently discern the leader, though the searches tend to boost the prices.
Nonetheless, the leadership is not very apparent. Apart from the long-term relationship, there are other interesting periods during which the interest in the coins and the prices are interconnected. The prices are evidently led by interest in the Bitcoin during this period. Unfortunately, the entire development of this latter bubble is hidden in the cone of influence, and the findings are thus not statistically reliable.
The interest and prices are then negatively correlated, and the interest still leads the relationship. However, the correlations are found at lower scales than for the bubble formation. The interest in Bitcoin thus appears to have an asymmetric effect during the bubble formation and its bursting—during the bubble formation, interest boosts the prices further, and during the bursting, it pushes them lower. Moreover, the interest influence happens at different frequencies during the bubble formation and its bursting, so that the increased interest has a more rapid effect during the price contraction than during the bubble build-up.
These results are in hand with Refs. Searches on both engines top are positively correlated with the Bitcoin price in the long run. For both, we observe that the relationship somewhat changes over time. In the first third of the analyzed period, the relationship is led by the prices, whereas in the last third of the period, the search queries lead the prices. Unfortunately, the most interesting dynamics remain hidden in the cone of influence, and this result is thus not very reliable.
Apart from the long run, there are several significant episodes at the lower scales with varying phase directions, hinting that the relationship between search queries and prices depends on the price behavior. Moving to the safe haven region, we find no strong and lasting relationship between the Bitcoin price and either the financial stress index bottom left or gold price bottom right.
The significant regions at medium scales for gold are generally connected to the dynamics of the Swiss franc exchange rate. Though it might appear to be an amusing notion, the Bitcoin was also once labeled a safe haven investment. This label appeared during the Cypriot economic and financial crisis that occurred in the beginning of There were speculations that some of the funds from the local banks were transferred to Bitcoin accounts, thus ensuring their anonymity.
Leaving these speculations aside, we quantitatively analyze the possibility of the Bitcoin being a safe haven. The former is a general index of financial uncertainty. The latter combination of gold and Swiss franc are chosen because gold is usually considered to provide the long-term storage of value and the Swiss franc is considered to be a very stable currency, being frequently labeled as a safe haven itself.
If the Bitcoin were truly a safe haven, it would be positively correlated with both utilized series, assuming that both FSI and gold price are good proxies of a safe haven. Fig 4 summarizes the results. For the FSI, we observe that there is actually only one period of time that shows an interesting interconnection between the index and the Bitcoin price.
This period is exactly that of the Cypriot crisis, and most of the co-movements are observed at scales around 30 days. Increasing FSI leads the Bitcoin price up.
However, apart from the Cypriot crisis, there are no longer-term time intervals during which the correlations are both statistically significant and reliable in the sense of the cone of influence. Turning now to the gold price, there appears to be practically no relationship apart from two significant islands at scales of approximately 60 days.
However, these islands are most probably connected to the dynamics of gold itself because the first significant period coincides with a rapid increase in the gold price culminating around September a large proportion of the significant region is outside of the reliable part of the coherence and the second collides with the stable decline of gold prices.
It thus appears that the Bitcoin is not connected to the dynamics of gold, but even more, it is not obvious whether gold still remains the safe haven that it once was. Either way, we find no sign that the Bitcoin is a safe haven, which is in fact expected considering the present behavior and in stability of prices.
There are claims that events happening on the Chinese Bitcoin market have a significant impact on the USD markets. Some of the extreme drops as well as price increases in the Bitcoin exchange rate do coincide with dramatic events in China and Chinese regulation of the Bitcoin. Probably the most notable example are the developments around Baidu, which is an important player in Chinese online shopping.
The announcement that Baidu was accepting bitcoins in mid-October started a surge in its value that was, however, cut back by Chinese regulation banning the use of bitcoins for electronic purchases in early-December The Chinese market is thus believed to be an important player in digital currencies and especially in the Bitcoin.
To examine the relationship between the Chinese renminbi CNY and the US dollar markets, we look at their prices and exchange volumes. Fig 5 includes all of the interesting results.
The prices in both markets are tightly connected, and we observe strong positive correlations at practically all scales and during the entire examined period. From the phase arrows, we can barely find a leader in the relationship.
More interesting dynamics are found for the exchange volumes. Here, we find that the volumes are strongly positively correlated as well, but only from the beginning of onwards.
Before that period, the interconnections are visible only at the highest scales, and most of the dynamics fall outside the reliable region.
Note that the trading volumes on the CNY market were quite low during In the significant section, we again find that the relationship is strong, and it is not easy to find an evident leader. From these results, we can conclude that both markets tend to move together very tightly in terms of both price and volume.
The description and interpretation of relationships hold from Fig 2. There is no evident leader in the relationship, though the USD market appears to slightly lead the CNY at lower scales. However, at the lowest scales the highest frequencies , the correlations vanish. For the volumes top right , the two markets are strongly positively correlated at high scales.
However, for the lower scales, the correlations are significant only from the beginning of onwards. There is again no dominant leader in the relationship. However, when we control for the effect of the USD exchange volume top right , we observe that the correlations vanish.
One might believe that if the Chinese market is an important driver of the BTC exchange rate with the USD, an increased exchange volume in China might increase demand in all markets, so that the Chinese volume and the USA price would be connected. This connection is even more stressed by the fact that the shorting selling now and buying later of bitcoins is still limited. In Fig 5 , we show that this connection does indeed exist, and the relationship is again present at high scales.
Because most of the phase arrows point toward the northeast region, the Chinese volume leads the USD prices. However, as discussed above, the USD and CNY exchange volumes are strongly correlated, and at high scales, this is true for the entire analyzed period.
To control for this effect, we utilize partial wavelet coherence, which filters this effect away. Nevertheless, this does not discard possible causal relationship at even lower scales, i. This suggests that the USD and CNY Bitcoin markets react to the relevant news quickly so that there is no lead-lag relationship at scales of one day or higher. Such property can be likely attributed to the algorithmic trading which efficiently seeks arbitrage opportunities between different Bitcoin exchanges.
Bitcoin price dynamics have been a controversial topic since the crypto-currency increased in popularity and became known to a wider audience. We have addressed the issue of Bitcoin price formation and development from a wider perspective, and we have investigated the most frequently claimed drivers of the prices. There are several interesting findings.
First, although the Bitcoin is usually considered a purely speculative asset, we find that standard fundamental factors—usage in trade, money supply and price level—play a role in Bitcoin price over the long term. These findings are well in hand with standard economic theory, and specifically monetary economics and the quantity theory of money. Second, from a technical standpoint, the increasing price of the Bitcoin motivates users to become miners. However, the effect is found to be vanishing over time time, as specialized mining hardware components have driven the hash rates and difficulty too high.
Nonetheless, this is a standard market reaction to an obvious profit opportunity. A reversal is identified at the end of the analyzed period. The relationship is most evident in the long run, but during episodes of explosive prices, this interest drives prices further up, and during rapid declines, it pushes them further down. This is well in hand with previous research on the topic [ 10 , 11 ]. Fourth, the Bitcoin does not appear to be a safe haven investment.
We speculate that such behavior is due to the analyzed data structure and its frequency, and trading algorithms which efficiently capitalize on potential arbitrage opportunities between different Bitcoin exchanges.
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