Cryptocurrencies Trade in Sync After FTX Collapse – Just Not With Stocks

A new analysis shows how correlations have increased on various sectors of the 162-asset CoinDesk Market Index (CMI) amid widespread crypto distress following the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX exchange. U.S. stocks, meanwhile, look unfazed by it all.

AccessTimeIconNov 16, 2022 at 3:24 a.m. UTC
Updated Nov 16, 2022 at 2:46 p.m. UTC
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They say that all correlations go to one during a financial crisis.

What's noteworthy about the most recent crash in crypto markets – triggered by the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX exchange and his trading firm Alameda Research – is just how divergent the narrative was from traditional markets. That's noteworthy, since bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency, was largely trading in sync with U.S. stocks as recently as September.

The market contagion from FTX spread rapidly in crypto, sending the 162-asset CoinDesk Market Index (CMI) down about 18% so far in November.

And despite widespread headlines about the FTX-inflicted turmoil across traditional financial media, U.S. stocks were mostly unfazed – trading higher based on softer-than-expected inflation readings that inspired investor hopes of a less threatening monetary-tightening campaign by the Federal Reserve.

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up 3.1% on the month.

An analysis of CMI and its six sector indexes shows how correlations surged among the various digital assets from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11.

The crypto market went into "a highly correlated state after the FTX collapse," said Jodie Gunzberg, managing director of CoinDesk Indices. "The event was (and still probably is) so powerful that it is driving the entire asset class together."

The light blue bars show the correlation between the CMI and other CMI sector indices after the FTX collapse, versus the dark blue bars before. (CoinDesk Indices)


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Bradley Keoun

Bradley Keoun is the managing editor of CoinDesk's Tech & Protocols team. He owns less than $1,000 each of several cryptocurrencies.

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