The result of these two surveys generated two curves with weekly values that will represent the btc and crash variables. Details of these events will attempt to demonstrate that bitcoin pricing seems to be highly sensitive to such sudden events. According to the dynamics between the curves, at moments when there is an increased Google interest in the term bitcoin crash, there is also a significant negative change in the bitcoin price.
In , one of the largest bitcoin brokerages, MtGox, was fraudulently attacked Buterin, , leading to market confusion regarding correct bitcoin pricing. In December of that same year, the People's Bank of China banned financial institutions from trading in bitcoins, although it did not restrict use of bitcoins by individuals Reuters, A week later, the BTC China Bitcoin brokerage firm disclosed that companies responsible for its clearing service were barred from offering the service and that deposits made in the local currency yuan would no longer be accepted Kelion, The search in the Google Trends category equal to news for the term crisis was also added to the analysis.
The curve obtained is described in Graph 2 , which is about the impact of crises on Bitcoin pricing. Based on the weekly return calculation of this curve, we selected the five largest positive returns for determining the crisis dummy variable. The purpose is to analyze whether, during the five biggest positive changes caused by the increase in the number of searches for crisis news, the Bitcoin price also increased. If the database week corresponded to one of those times of greatest variation, the dummy crisis for that week was equal to 1, otherwise the value was zero.
A rather pessimistic scenario developed with the increasing probability that Greece would adopt capital controls and possibly leave the European Union. Such an increase was not limited to Greece. The brokerage firm, BTC. The resulting variables are price, btc, crash, and crisis. In all of them the transformation of the natural logarithm was applied to minimize problems of heteroscedasticity and to make the model estimators less sensitive to unequal estimates Wooldridge In order to denote this change, the prefix ln will be appended to the variable names resulting in lnprice, lnbtc and lncrash.
According to Graph 3 , a long-term relationship between lnprice and lnbtc curves was observed, with the aspect of cointegration between them. The choice to use the VEC model is due to the need to understand if there is an influence of the attractiveness factor in the price and if the price also explains the factors of attractiveness in the short and long term.
In this way, the model allows the construction of equations in which the price is dependent variable while, in the other equation, it is independent, plus price information lagged. The insertion of the error correction term allows understanding the long term dynamics, which would not be possible in a process of differentiation of the variables.
In order to run VECM, a level data series is used without any stationarity transformation, and the two main stages are performed in advance. The first concerns the selection of the number of lags that optimize the analysis; Bueno emphasizes that the choice must contemplate the optimal lag considering all variables under analysis to obtain white noises in all of them. The second stage consists of the application of the Johansen cointegration test , by the trace and eigenvalue statistics, through the function ca.
The cointegration rank is determined at this stage. The cajorls function for extracting VEC model regressions is then applied based on the determination of amount of error correction terms. Applying the Eq. The ADF test describes lnprice, lncrash and lnbtc variables as being integrated of order 1, I 1. After differentiation, they become stationary, according to Table 1.
The lag order selection criteria results in two lags, according to Akaike Information , Hannan-Quinn , Schwarz and Final Prediction Error Based on this, two lags were selected for parameterization of the Johansen cointegration test , as shown in Table 2. The application of the Johansen cointegration test shows that the price curve and the lnbtc and lncrash variables are cointegrated, and the test rejects the null hypothesis of non-existence of a cointegration vector.
Also, it does not reject the null hypothesis of existence of two cointegration vectors, according to Table 3. From this result, the VECM proves to be more adequate than the VAR, with the insertion of the error correction terms to perform the long-term adjustment in the system.
After obtaining the number of lags p and cointegration vectors, we complete Eq. With these results, it is possible to establish a bidirectional dynamic between lnbtc and lnprice. It is suggestive that the intensification of the interest of the population in Bitcoin influences positively the value of the currency and the reverse also seems to be coherent, that is, the increase of the price intensifies the number of searches. To confirm the feedback effect, we performed the Granger causality test.
This is an intuitive result since negative events tend to be accompanied by an increase in market mistrust and, consequently, a fall in price. This variable is fundamental, while allowing the model to identify the moments in which there is an intense fall of the price and better adjusting the curve of the model to the valleys.
Based on Fig. The histogram of the residuals of the model shows a concentration of the near zero observations with progressive reduction of the frequency along the tails. For stability analysis of the model, the eigen values were obtained and they are contained within the unit circle, confirming the stability of the model. The procedure applied to BCX can be replicated to local prices specified by each sovereign currency.
The objective is to check if prices traded in different currencies are also influenced by the structure of the global variables previously established. Only price observations are altered, which will be denominated in each respective currency. The expectation is that world events consistently impact the price at local brokerages.
It is possible to identify a strong relationship, in the short and long term, between the terms in Google searches and the Bitcoin price. The cointegration test of the curves performed describes a tendency of simultaneous growth or decline between them. The estimated VEC model confirms the long-term dynamics based not only on the global analysis, but on a more detailed analysis of prices negotiated in different sovereign currencies.
The result of the VEC model and the significance of the coefficients demonstrate that the increase in Bitcoin interest, as measured by the number of searches for the keyword bitcoin bitcoin crash , is followed by an increase fall of Bitcoin price. This research is based on previous studies that used the same methodology and similar variables of attractiveness. The crisis variable is useful for investment decision-making. In times of high demand for news about a world economic crisis, there is an increase in the Bitcoin price, which may be related to a greater demand for the virtual currency and its characteristics that are favorable to these moments, such as low probability of being confiscated, high security, and high portability that allows bitcoins to be transferred globally in minutes.
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Introduction Concurrent with a rapid price appreciation, the increase in financial market interest in digital currencies and in Bitcoin in particular, as well as global integration of virtual networks, have prompted the emergence of new academic studies related to economic behavior of this new asset that has been inserted in the world financial market.
Functions of money Nakamoto described Bitcoin as an electronic currency embedded in a peer-to-peer system and capable of being transferred directly from one participant to another without the intermediation of a financial institution. A brief literature review Bitcoin pricing has been the subject of research by scholars who seek to infer the variables that affect Bitcoin value. Macroeconomic drivers Zhu et al.
Attractiveness drivers Bitcoin emerged at a time of massive expansion of the Internet, search engines, and social networks. Demand versus supply Ciaian a demonstrated that the increase in the number of available bitcoins inventory was related to a decrease in its price, while the increase in the number of addresses virtual portfolios accompanied an increase in price.
Vector autoregressive model VAR is an autoregressive model composed of p-lags and a vector with n endogenous variables. Full size image. Source: self-elaboration. Source: Self-elaboration. Results Global analysis The ADF test describes lnprice, lncrash and lnbtc variables as being integrated of order 1, I 1.
Table 1 Augmented Dickey-Fuller test applied to variable of the analysis Full size table. Table 2 Lag p order selection criteria Full size table. Table 3 Johansen Cointegration test with maximum eigenvalue form Full size table. Table 6 Granger causality test Full size table. It has the power to tax, the strongest network of alliances and the most powerful military.
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