“Volatility has been a major characteristic of the digital currency, which turned 10-years-old last week, throwing up major hurdles to its emergence as a mainstream asset class,” according to Reuters.

Recently, bitcoin has actually been less stable than the S&P 500, as the chart below indicates.

“In contrast to bitcoin, volatility in the S&P 500, has since late September climbed to near seven-month highs. Investors in U.S. stocks are worried over rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and global trade and protectionism,” according to Reuters.

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