After moving in tandem earlier this month, Bitcoin and Gold have diverged.
The safe haven metal, which rose to a six-year high of $1,611 on January 8, is currently trading at $1,540.
The number one digital currency did face selling pressure on January 8 and 9, tracking gold’s reversal lower from $1,600.
However, the positive correlation weakened on January 10 with bitcoin finding takers below $7,700 and rising to two-month highs near $8,600 e
Gold did print 0.64% gains on January 10, but only to turn red on the following day and drop to an 11-day low of $1,536 during Tuesday’s Asian trading hours.
Bitcoin a safe haven?
Bitcoin closely tracked the rise in gold during the recent US-Iran tensions.
The US launched an airstrike in Iraq on Jan. 3, killing a prominent Iranian military commander. The resulting rise in the geopolitical uncertainty triggered risk aversion in the markets, sending gold higher. Bitcoin also rallied more than 5% on that day.
Further, both gold and bitcoin registered solid gains after Iran launched a retaliatory attack on US bases in Iraq on Jan. 8.
As a result, many analysts are convinced that bitcoin is now a safe haven asset.
Source: Gold and Bitcoin have diverged