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Interconnectedness of Cryptocurrency Uncertainty Indices with Returns and Volatility in Financial Assets during COVID-19
journal contributionposted on 2023-11-27, 04:27 authored by Awad Asiri, Mohammed Alnemer, Ishaq BhattiIshaq Bhatti
This paper investigates the dynamic relationship between cryptocurrency uncertainty indices and the movements in returns and volatility across spectrum of financial assets, comprising cryptocurrencies, precious metals, green bonds, and soft commodities. It employs a Time-Varying Parameter Vector Autoregressive (TVP-VAR) connectedness approach; the analysis covers both the entire sample period spanning August 2015 to 31 December 2021 and the distinct phase of COVID-19 pandemic. The findings of the study reveal the interconnectedness of returns within these asset classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, cryptocurrency uncertainty indices emerge as influential transmitters of shocks to other financial asset categories and it significantly escalates throughout the crisis period. Additionally, the outcomes of the study imply that during times of heightened uncertainty, exemplified by events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the feasibility of portfolio diversification for investors might be constrained. Consequently, the amplified linkages between financial assets through both forward and backward connections could potentially compromise financial stability. This research sheds light on the impact of cryptocurrency uncertainty on the broader financial market, particularly during periods of crisis. The findings have implications for investors and policymakers, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of financial assets and the potential risks associated with increased interdependence. By recognizing these dynamics, stakeholders can make informed decisions to enhance financial stability and manage portfolio risk effectively.