The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs

On Monday, May 13, the spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in Hong Kong experienced a significant outflow of $39.3 million, marking the highest total outflow since their launch on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on May 2. Specifically, funds from issuers Bosera, China Asset Management, and Harvest collectively lost $32.7 million in Bitcoin, while Ethereum funds from the same issuers lost $6.6 million. This sharp decline in assets saw a net redemption of 519.5 BTC in a single day, with a daily turnover of $4.25 million. The total BTC held in the funds now amounts to 3,560 BTC, valued at approximately $222.5 million at current prices. The outflow resulted in a negative total flow balance of $20.9 million, wiping out any gains made since the ETFs’ launch.

Positive Flows in United States Bitcoin ETFs

In contrast to the situation in Hong Kong, Bitcoin ETFs in the United States experienced a daily inflow of $66 million on May 13. This positive trend came after two consecutive days of outflows totaling $96 million. Leading the pack was Fidelity’s FBTC fund with $38.6 million in inflows, followed by Bitwise BITB with $20.3 million. BlackRock had a neutral day with no inflows or outflows, while Grayscale’s GBTC saw a net zero flow as its outflows started to slow down. Since transitioning to a spot ETF, GBTC has lost around 330,650 BTC, equivalent to approximately $20 billion at current prices.

Cryptocurrency Market Performance

The overall cryptocurrency market saw a 2% increase in total capitalization to reach $2.40 trillion at the time of reporting. Market activity has been relatively stable around this level for the past month, with some anticipated volatility following the release of this week’s inflation data. Bitcoin briefly touched $63,000 in early Asian trading on Tuesday before pulling back to $62,500 at the time of writing, still 15% below its all-time high. Similarly, Ethereum’s price showed some positive movement but failed to break the $3,000 resistance level, settling at $2,930. Altcoins, on the other hand, exhibited mostly green performance, with Solana, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, and Near Protocol standing out as top performers in a meme coin resurgence.

The recent shifts in Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in Hong Kong and the United States reflect the ongoing volatility and uncertainty in the cryptocurrency market. While positive flows may indicate investor optimism, significant outflows demonstrate caution and risk aversion. It remains to be seen how these trends will evolve in the coming days and what impact they will have on the broader crypto landscape.


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