11 May

Bitwise emerges as the sole Bitcoin ETF to attract recent inflows, standing apart from other funds that either saw stagnant investments or faced withdrawals.

On May 8, Bitwise's Bitcoin ETF (BITB) garnered $12 million, a notable occurrence in a market where major ETF providers such as BlackRock, Fidelity, and Grayscale witnessed no fresh capital influx.

The initial excitement surrounding Bitcoin ETFs, evidenced by over $11.77 billion in inflows post their regulatory approval in January, has notably subdued. While BlackRock's ETF ranked among the top five by inflows, accumulating $3.1 billion, prospects for significant market expansion have diminished, notwithstanding predictions by JMP Securities analysts foreseeing a potential surge to $220 billion in inflows, potentially quadrupling Bitcoin's price to $288,000.

The downtrend commenced notably in March, with BlackRock's IBIT experiencing a day devoid of any inflows on April 24, marking the end of a 71-day streak of positive inflows. Market analyst Rachael Lucas noted that days without inflows are commonplace and mirror broader market and geopolitical conditions.

Grayscale's GBTC, following its transition to a spot Bitcoin ETF, has witnessed notable outflows, primarily attributed to its high fees. Despite a recent modest inflow of $4 million after a prolonged period of losses, Grayscale's total Bitcoin holdings have significantly diminished from 619,220 BTC to 292,217 BTC, valued at approximately $18.4 billion.

While Fidelity's Bitcoin ETF and others have seen some gains, the outlook for Bitcoin ETFs remains challenging. As the market landscape evolves, these ETFs must navigate fluctuating conditions and regulatory hurdles while endeavoring to sustain investor interest and confidence.

May 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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