2021-10-25 20:33:55

Investors poured a record $1.5 billion into crypto funds last week as the first bitcoin ETFs kicked off trading | Currency News | Financial and Business News

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  • Investors poured a record $1.5 billion into the crypto market last week as the first-ever bitcoin ETF kicked off trading.
  • This is the largest-ever weekly inflow, far surpassing the prior record of $640 million set in February, CoinShares said.
  • Ether, meanwhile, saw outflows for a third consecutive week to the tune of $1.4 million due to profit-taking.
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Investors poured a record $1.5 billion into the cryptocurrency market last week as the first-ever bitcoin ETF kicked off trading with the underlying asset itself hitting an all-time high.

The 10th straight week of inflows was also the largest ever, far surpassing the prior weekly record of $640 million set in February, according to a report by digital asset manager CoinShares on Monday.

Year-to-date, total crypto inflows now total $8 billion, beating the 2020 record of $6.7 billion, according to data for the week ending October 22. Total assets under management also hit a new record of $79.2 billion, although it ended the week at $76.7 billion

“The record inflows were a direct result of the US Securities and Exchange Commission allowing a bitcoin ETF investing in futures and the consequent listing of two bitcoin investment products,” the report said.

The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF debuted on October 19, becoming the second-most-traded fund launch of all time, while the Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF launched on October 21.

Bitcoin saw 99% of last week’s inflows, totaling $1.45 billion. There was, however, some evidence of profit-taking with some older investment products seeing outflows, the report showed.

Bitcoin soared above $66,000 at its high point last week, representing a 50% gain in the space of a month while he benchmark S&P 500 has climbed roughly 4%.

“The cryptocurrency industry has waited for what feels like a very long time,” Adam James, senior analyst at OKEx Insights, the research arm of crypto exchange OKEx. “Though ProShare’s offering is technically a futures-backed ETF, it still represents a milestone in bitcoin’s history.”

CoinShares screenshot - Weekly Crypto Asset Flows by Asset (US$m)
Weekly crypto asset flows by asset

Altcoins also made gains, led by solana, cardano, and binance coin, which saw total inflows of $8.1 million, $5.3 million, and $1.8 million respectively.

Ether, meanwhile, saw outflows for a third consecutive week to the tune of $1.4 million. CoinShares attributed this to a “minor profit-taking as the price closes-in on all-time-highs.”

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