Spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) had an incredible $403 million inflow on Feb 8th, the third-largest capital inflow since the ETFs’ launch. This spike in investment happened at the same time as the price of Bitcoin broke above $46,000, setting a new multi-week high.
Despite over $100 million exiting the prominent Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), the collective inflow into spot Bitcoin ETFs has surpassed a staggering $2.1 billion since their launch on January 11th, underscoring a robust market demand for the world’s leading cryptocurrency.
With an outstanding $204 million infusion, BlackRock’s iShares BTC Trust (IBIT) leads the charge in ETF inflows. Bitwise is $60 million, Fidelity is $128 million, and ARK 21Shares is $86 million. In the meantime, inflows into other ETFs totalled $27 million, while withdrawals from GBTC were $102 million.
Specifically, Bloomberg senior analyst Eric Balchunas notes that IBIT’s exceeding GBTC’s daily trading volume is a remarkable milestone, as it usually takes five to 10 years for a new fund to establish such liquidity dominance.
Normally it takes 5-10yrs for a newborn to get even close to toppling a category’s liquidity king(s). $IBIT did it in under a month- trading more than both $GBTC and $BITO today. They’ll all go back and forth for a bit each day but over time the gap will grow. https://t.co/mml4KpFiPy
— Eric Balchunas (@EricBalchunas) February 8, 2024
Market observers interpret the positive flow into Bitcoin ETFs as indicative of investor appetite and growing demand. Approximately $403 million, or roughly 8,698 BTC, withdrew from circulation and moved into cold storage due to the net flows into these ETFs.
SEC Approves Spot Bitcoin ETFs, Halving Impact Awaited
Spot Bitcoin ETFs received approval from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for listing on Jan 10th, commencing trading the following day. Since their introduction, these ETFs have consistently demonstrated record trading volumes, with daily trades exceeding a billion dollars, signalling substantial investor interest.
The next halving of Bitcoin, set to occur in fewer than 70 days, is expected to influence market dynamics further. Half of the current Bitcoin supply, or 3.125 BTC for every block, will be available after this occurrence. The halving effect on supply might push BTC prices to new all-time highs as demand from institutional investors rises.
Consequently, stakeholders closely monitor developments in the cryptocurrency market. The intersection of institutional interest and supply dynamics continues to shape Bitcoin’s trajectory towards mainstream adoption and wider financial integration.
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