August was a brutal month for investors across the world. Global stock markets shed $3 trillion as a dirty cocktail of recession warnings and trade war escalation rocked the markets. To put that into perspective, $3 trillion is 17 times larger than the entire market capitalization of bitcoin, all wiped out in a month. It’s a reminder that bitcoin’s market cap is still a drop in the ocean. A tiny, nascent asset in the global investment arena.
August’s global stock rout saw the total value of equities fall from $80 trillion to $77 trillion, according to the Bloomberg World Exchange Market Capitalization. The collapse came from all corners of the globe. As you can see in the chart below, the US Dow Jones index fell 2.03 percent while Germany’s DAX fell 2.05 percent.
China’s leading index, the Shanghai Composite, held up slightly better, but still declined 0.83 percent on the month. The trigger for August’s collapse came from a recession warning in the US. In mid-August, the US Treasury bond yield curve inverted, a phenomenon that has accurately predicted every downturn for the last 50 years. In specific terms, the 10-year Treasury bond yield dipped below the 2-year bond yield. It signals that investors are increasingly cautious of the long-term economic outlook and seeking short-term safe havens. Bitcoin didn’t escape the selling pressure either, shedding 8 percent of its market capitalization in August. To put the raw numbers into perspective, BTC lost $16 billion market cap compared to the total stock market rout of $3 trillion.
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