Ukraine action leads Russian currency to hit 6-year lows against USD

Analysts observe that gold has outperformed “digital gold” in the aftermath of geopolitical turmoil, with the XAU/USD crossing $1,900.

The repercussions of Russia’s planned intervention into Ukraine sparked more market difficulties on Feb. 22. Bitcoin (BTC) plunged to new lows.


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As Bitcoin falters, gold comes to the rescue.

BTC/USD hit $36,400 on Bitstamp overnight Tuesday, the lowest since February 3, according to data from TradingView.

Volatility was high as Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a nearly hour-long statement on the condition of the Ukraine conflict. Putin ended by recognising the two breakaway republics in the country’s east, then sending Russian soldiers into area that is still officially Ukrainian.

Stocks and risk assets tumbled as a result, with Russian companies taking the brunt of the fallout as fears of a full-scale war grew.

The Russian currency plummeted in lockstep, breaking through the 80-per-dollar barrier and approaching its 2016 lows of 85.6. Later in the day, the West was anticipated to impose sanctions, potentially fueling additional losses.

Gold, unlike Bitcoin, came out on top as a surprise winner, avoiding losses to maintain its safe-haven status.

“It appears that Bitcoin will not be a safe haven in geopolitical crises,” said market analyst Holger Zschaepitz.


“Bitcoin (digital gold) has dropped to $1900 per ounce. The digital-to-analog gold correlation is now significantly lower. In Ukraine, the narrative that digital gold is a better means to flee has failed to pan out.”

At the time of writing, XAU/USD was up more than 6% year to date, while BTC/USD was down 23%.

“It’s actually amazing to see Gold performing so well in these times of significant uncertainty, crawling upwards, while risky assets like stocks and Bitcoin are struggling,” contributor Michal van de Poppe argued.

Investments in gold-backed exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, increased in February, according to Zschaepitz.


For the on-chain metric, a bearish cross looms.

For BTC traders, Russia has thus taken centre stage, as storm clouds gathered over Asian markets on Monday.

A tech market sell-off spurred by a new Chinese regulatory crackdown resulted in two days of significant losses for some of the biggest equity investments, including Tencent.

“$39.6k is now the new critical resistance that Bitcoin bulls must break through,” noted popular analyst Matthew Hyland on Tuesday.

He went on to say that moving average convergence/divergence on the three-day chart was now set to print a bearish crossing, contrary to previous expectations of a bullish breakout heralding new BTC price strength.

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The Crypto Dread & Greed Index has dropped to 20/100, far into the “severe fear” range, as a result of the recent events.


Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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