Google Trends and cryptocurrencies: a nonparametric causality-in-quantiles analysis
International Journal of Emerging Markets
Purpose: This article aims to uncover the impact of Google Trends on cryptocurrency markets beyond Bitcoin during the time of increased attention to altcoins, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach: This paper analyses the nexus among the Google Trends and six cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin, New Economy Movement (NEM), Dash, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin by utilizing the causality-in-quantiles technique on data comprised of the years January 2016–March 2021. Findings: The findings show that Google Trends cause the Litecoin, Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum and NEM prices at majority of the quantiles except for Dash. Originality/value: The findings will help investors to develop more in-depth understanding of impact of Google Trends on cryptocurrency prices and build successful trading strategies in a more matured digital assets ecosystem.
Google trends, Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, NEM, Ripple, Dash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Nonparametric causality-in-quantiles test