Record Trading in Bitcoin ETFs Marks Significant Investor Interest

Record Trading in Bitcoin ETFs Marks Significant Investor Interest

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By Jakub Lazurek

05 Mar 2024 (4 months ago)

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Bitcoin ETFs witness soaring trade but face a Friday setback, hinting at market volatility

Last week marked a record-breaking period for Bitcoin ETFs in terms of trading volumes, attracting significant investment flows that briefly dipped on Friday. CoinShares data reveals that cryptocurrency investment products are close to their November 2021 peak. Despite a surge in trading volumes and initial investment inflows, a downturn was observed at week's end. On Friday, a shift occurred as net investments in a group of 10 US-based funds turned negative. BlackRock's iShares Bitcoin ETF (IBIT) garnered around $203 million in investments but couldn't counterbalance the large withdrawals from Grayscale Investments’ fund. Additionally, inflows to three other ETFs—Fidelity's FBTC, Bitwise's BITB, and Ark's ARKB—totaled $150 million. However, outflows from Grayscale's fund, with its higher fees, led to a net withdrawal of $140 million for the day.

Despite Friday's setback, the overall weekly inflow remained robust, totaling about $1.7 billion—making it the second-highest weekly inflow. This level of activity underscores a rising interest in Bitcoin among investors, facilitated by the SEC's recent openness to these financial products. So far, the combined net investments for these Bitcoin ETFs have reached nearly $7.4 billion. Trading volume for these funds hit approximately $22 billion last week, with IBIT's daily volumes exceeding $1 billion. This culminated in a record single-day trading volume of over $7.6 billion.

In the wider crypto investment sphere, total assets under management are nearing $83 billion, approaching the previous high of $86 billion in November 2021. Ethereum-focused products saw their largest influx since July 2022, with around $85 million added last week. Bitcoin's price has surged above $65,000. The growing engagement in crypto investments, particularly Bitcoin ETFs, highlights the ongoing integration of digital currencies into mainstream investment options.

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