Bitcoin Up, Stocks Down as Decision Desks Call US Election for Biden

In brief

  • Some outlets are already reporting that Joe Biden has secured enough electoral college votes to win the presidency.
  • The Associated Press still has not called the race, but Biden holds a commanding lead.
  • The markets are reacting.

The dust is settling in the battle between US presidential contenders Joe Biden and Donald Trump, and the markets are still figuring out what to make of it. Yesterday, as the race tightened, both Bitcoin and stocks reacted positively. Today, the two have diverged.

Bitcoin hit a high overnight of nearly $16,000. At the moment, it is currently trading for $15,480, which is still a 3% increase over the last 24 hours. Stocks, on the other hand, are down today: the Dow Jones took a 66 point hit, a loss of roughly 0.30%.

As for the election, Biden holds a commanding lead over Trump with 264 of the necessary 270 electoral college votes, per the Associated Press. However, some decision desks have already called the race for Biden. Business Insider, citing Decision Desk HQ, reported earlier today that Biden had secured 273 electoral college votes after winning Pennsylvania.

Trump, predictably, is disputing the results and alleging “fraud.” Either way, his chances of reelection appear to be dwindling with each tick of the clock.

The results of the US Elections so far. Source: NPR

One possible outcome of Biden victory is the “swift passage” of a new coronavirus relief bill and economic stimulus. That means the Fed’s money printer will undoubtedly be reset to “brrr.” And the markets appear to be taking note.

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The Nasdaq lost 0.2% and is now around 12,050 points. The Dow Jones fell 0.29%, while the S&P 500, which many consider to be the economic barometer of the United States, has been fluctuating between -0.04% and 0.02% throughout the day.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin, which many investors view as a hedge against the inflation caused by printing more dollars, continues to rocket upwards.

Bitcoin price in 2020. Image: Tradingview

As of this writing, Bitcoin is being traded for its highest price in over three years.

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