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Bitcoin surges to $43k as ETF inflows outpace sell pressure Bitcoin surges to $43k as ETF inflows outpace sell pressure

Bitcoin surges to $43k as ETF inflows outpace sell pressure

Early trading data from Bloomberg revealed that iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) had surpassed GBTC in trading volume, indicating a resurgence in investor confidence.

Bitcoin surges to $43k as ETF inflows outpace sell pressure

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Bitcoin (BTC) has made a striking recovery, climbing above the $43,000 mark on Jan. 29, as market dynamics hint at a resurgence in investor confidence.

The leading cryptocurrency experienced this surge amidst a landscape where exchange-traded fund (ETF) inflows show signs of strength, particularly as they begin to outweigh outflows from Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).

Outflows declining

Early trading data from Bloomberg revealed that iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) had surpassed GBTC in trading volume, potentially marking the first time one of the “Newborn Nine” โ€“ a term coined for the new Bitcoin ETFs โ€“ traded more than GBTC, with $155 million to $113 million respectively.

Despite experiencing outflows, GBTC’s redemption rate is showing signs of deceleration, suggesting a potential stabilization in inflows for Bitcoin spot ETFs. Greco noted a decline in the daily average outflow rate from GBTC, indicating a diminishing pace of investor withdrawal.

The robust trading volumes of Bitcoin ETFs underscore the sustained interest, with cumulative volumes since their inception nearing $25 billion. In contrast, volumes on centralized exchanges for digital assets have decreased.

Meanwhile, the interest in BTC Spot ETFs remains high, indicating an ongoing shift in investor preference from traditional cryptocurrency trading platforms to regulated financial products.

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst James Seyffart’s update on the Bitcoin ETF space further supports this view, with outflows from GBTC topping $5 billion. In comparison, the gross flows for other ETFs stand at $5.8 billion, resulting in a net inflow of $759 million.

Fed rate announcement

The increase in ETF inflows is concurrent with broader market anticipation regarding the Federal Reserve’s upcoming decision on interest rates. Investors are speculating how the central bank’s actions may influence liquidity and investment strategies across various asset classes, including digital currencies.

Markets are paying close attention to the Fed’s tone and future guidance, as any indication of a dovish pivot or a continuation of the hawkish stance on inflation could have immediate ramifications for risk assets, including cryptocurrencies. A softer approach may increase risk appetite, potentially funneling more capital into Bitcoin and its related ETFs.

The market’s anticipation of the Fed’s decision is evident in the recent trading patterns, where Bitcoin ETFs have seen substantial inflows despite GBTC experiencing significant outflows. The pattern of slowing redemptions from GBTC hints at a maturing investor outlook that sees the potential for stabilizing Bitcoin markets, even as the Fed’s decision looms.

Bitcoin Market Data

At the time of press 9:59 pm UTC on Jan. 29, 2024, Bitcoin is ranked #1 by market cap and the price is up 2.68% over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin has a market capitalization of $843.81 billion with a 24-hour trading volume of $20.09 billion. Learn more about Bitcoin ›

Bitcoin

9:59 pm UTC on Jan. 29, 2024

$43,023.99

2.68%
Crypto Market Summary

At the time of press 9:59 pm UTC on Jan. 29, 2024, the total crypto market is valued at at $1.66 trillion with a 24-hour volume of $49.02 billion. Bitcoin dominance is currently at 51.00%. Learn more about the crypto market ›