Institutional investors have consistently moved their funds out of cryptocurrency investment products over the past week, resulting in a cumulative outflow of $232 million. This marks the fifth consecutive week of outflows, indicating a 0.7% decrease in total assets under management. CoinShares’ Digital Asset Fund Flows report reveals that cryptocurrency investment product transactions amounted to $900 million in the past week, a significant 40% decline compared to the yearly average. Furthermore, trading volumes on trusted exchanges dipped to a new low since late 2020, settling at just $20 billion for the week.
Bitcoin Continues to Suffer Outflows:
The leading cryptocurrency has been at the centre of negative sentiment, experiencing $33 million in outflows, consistent with the trend observed over the past five weeks. Surprisingly, even the short-bitcoin investment strategy, which benefits from falling bitcoin prices, witnessed minor outflows of $1.3 million. These two investment products have seen outflows totalling $235 million over the last five weeks. Analysts speculate that ongoing regulatory concerns, market volatility, and broader macroeconomic factors might be contributing to this negative sentiment.
Altcoins Defying the Trend:
Interestingly, amidst the overall downturn, altcoins—cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin—have managed to buck the trend, with one notable exception. Ethereum, the second-largest digital currency, reported an outflow of $1 million. However, other altcoins like Avalanche and Litecoin experienced inflows of $700,000 and $300,000, respectively. This divergence suggests that investors are diversifying their portfolios and exploring alternative cryptocurrencies amid uncertain market conditions.
Blockchain Equity ETFs Experience Minor Outflows:
Blockchain equity ETFs, which track a basket of stocks from blockchain-based companies, witnessed their second consecutive week of minor outflows, shedding $2 million. While this trend aligns with the overall cryptocurrency outflows, it signifies a cautious approach from investors in the blockchain technology sector.
Tether’s Strategic Investment Decision:
In a surprising move, Tether, the company behind the popular stablecoin USDC, announced a strategic decision to allocate up to 15% of its net realized operating profits toward purchasing Bitcoin. This decision reflects Tether’s confidence in Bitcoin’s long-term potential and could have implications for the cryptocurrency market as a whole.
Institutional investors’ continued withdrawal of funds from cryptocurrency investments, declining trading volumes, and regulatory concerns have contributed to a challenging market environment. However, while Bitcoin faces sustained outflows, altcoins like Avalanche and Litecoin have managed to attract investments. As the market evolves, it will be interesting to observe the impact of Tether’s strategic investment decision on Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency landscape.