Bitcoin has dwarfed banking giants regarding return on investment
With investors looking for alternatives, it seems Bitcoin is among the winners despite the asset being a relative newcomer in the broader financial scene.
The recent banking crisis in the United States has negatively impacted selected stocks in the sector, with investors raising trust issues about the industry’s stability. With investors looking for alternatives, it seems Bitcoin is among the winners despite the asset being a relative newcomer in the broader financial scene.
In this line, data acquired and calculated by Finbold indicates that as of March 20, five leading U.S. banks have lost a cumulative market capitalization of 108.92 billion dollars in 2023 alone. In comparison, Bitcoin has added 219.86 billion dollars to its market cap during the same period.
Among the banks, Charles Schwab suffered the worst loss in capitalization, dropping from 155.42 billion dollars to 105.33 billion dollars. Bank of America has the second highest losses at 43.72 billion dollars, followed by Wells Fargo at 15.74 billion dollars, while JPMorgan Chase recorded an outflow of 4.59 billion dollars. Only Morgan Stanley recorded gains, with 5.22 billion dollars added to its market cap year-to-date (YTD).
A breakdown of the market cap movement shows that Bitcoin has gained 69.07% from 318.31 billion dollars to 538.17 billion dollars since the start of the year. Bitcoin has also dwarfed the banking giants regarding return on investment (ROI). On a year-to-date basis, Bitcoin’s return stand at 65.42%, while the average ROI of the banks is -11.64%.
Morgan Stanley has the highest ROI among the banks at 0.28%, followed by JPMorgan Chase at -5.17%, while Wells Fargo is third at -8.29%. Bank of America has the fourth worst losses at -15.26%, followed by Charles Schwab at -29.75%.
Bitcoin reaps from the banking crisis
The research examined the possible drivers behind the variation in performance between Bitcoin and banking stocks. According to the research report: “The banks have been affected by the general concerns of investors with trust issues in the banking system after the high-profile collapse of seasoned lenders, including Silvergate Capital, Signature Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, and the near collapse of Credit Suisse. Bitcoin is likely being considered by some investors as a hedge against systemic risks due to its decentralized nature.”
Overall, Bitcoin is likely to gain further if regulators slow down on interest rate hikes, which would likely bring stability to the banking sector stock.