Investors are flocking to bitcoin as uncertainty looms on Wall Street.
The cryptocurrency's meteoric bounceÂ this year could be a sign that it's becoming somewhat of a safe haven amid increasing volatility in the stock market, Bleakley Advisory Group's Peter Boockvar said Tuesday on CNBC's "Futures Now."Â It was trading at more than $8,700 earlier this week and was above $7,800 on Wednesday morning.Â
"I watch bitcoin as a signal, as an indicator, not because I want to own it," said Boockvar, a noted crypto bear. "Over the last couple weeks, we've seen this sharp rise in bitcoin, and to me, that was saying something in terms of what markets were thinking about what the Fed was going to do [and about] the turmoil created by the threatened tariffs. "
With the market now anticipating the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates twice before the end of 2019, and the Trump administration escalating its multifront trade war, traditional "safe havens" like gold â Boockvar's preferred safety play â and the U.S. dollar are also gaining momentum.
Boockvar, Bleakley's chief investment officer, pointed out that bitcoin began to rally before gold did, an intriguing move that might speak to the digital currency's status as a real, if not-yet-proven, alternative to stocks.
"I still think it's in its infancy, and I only bring it up here because we saw a short move over the past month that I was thinking, well something is causing this," he said. "I don't recommend bitcoin in either direction because I don't really care for it in terms of an asset, but I do care for it as a signaling mechanism that I think was a tipoff to this bounce in gold."
"From here on, can bitcoin be a safe haven as much as gold? I don't know yet," he said. "But, again, I'd still rather own gold either way."
Gold â which held near a three-month peak Tuesday â harbors some intrigue of its own, Boockvar said. He noted that its recent rally occu...