Gold Lags Far Behind Bitcoin as Vaccine Optimism Buoys Markets

Gold Lags Far Behind Bitcoin as Vaccine Optimism Buoys Markets


Bitcoin is outshining gold by a significant margin in price terms as expectations soar of a swift global economic recovery enabled by promising coronavirus vaccines.

While the top cryptocurrency by market value has risen 22% to cross $17,000 this month, the precious metal is up just 0.5% at the current price of $1,890 per ounce.

The demand for traditional haven assets such as gold has declined this month as two Big Pharma firms, Pfizer and Moderna, announced positive results for their experimental coronavirus vaccines.

The resulting speculation that the global economy may well return to normality as soon as the second half of 2021 has triggered a rotation of money out of defensive assets and into risk assets, according to an outlook from Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

Bitcoin, too, is considered digital gold by many. However, the increased risk appetite in traditional markets and the record high in U.S.

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