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Massive Outflows Hit Bitcoin spot ETFs as Investor Sentiment Sours

Highlights:

  • Bitcoin spot ETFs recorded a total net outflow of $174 million on June 24.
  • Grayscale’s GBTC has seen total outflows nearing $18.5 billion since inception.
  • Despite significant outflows, BlackRock’s IBIT has not recorded any outflows since its launch.

Bitcoin spot ETFs have experienced significant net outflows over the past ten days, with investors withdrawing more than $1 billion. Data from Farside Investors highlights that on June 24 alone, these products witnessed a total net outflow of $174 million. Grayscale’s GBTC accounted for the largest portion of this outflow, recording $90.4 million in a single day.

Steady Decline in Bitcoin ETFs

The trend of outflows from Bitcoin spot ETFs has persisted for seven consecutive days, marking the largest two-week outflow since the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs in January. Over the last ten days, total outflows from these funds have surpassed $1 billion. Grayscale’s GBTC has seen total outflows nearing $18.5 billion since its inception, underscoring the dwindling interest in Bitcoin ETFs.

Bitcoin ETF Flow Table
Source: Farside Investors

Fidelity’s FBTC experienced the second-largest outflow on June 24, with $35 million withdrawn. This ongoing trend since mid-June has caused FBTC’s assets under management (AUM) to drop below $10 billion. In contrast, BlackRock’s IBIT has not recorded any outflows since its inception, though it has recently seen multiple instances of zero inflows.

Broader Impacts and Investor Sentiment

The current sell-off reflects a decline in enthusiasm surrounding the launch of Bitcoin spot ETFs. Additionally, Bitcoin’s institutional interest has waned amid global market uncertainty. Last week, Bitcoin investment products registered $630 million in outflows, marking a significant shift in investor sentiment. CoinShares recent report highlighted further outflows of $584 million, indicating a broader market correction.

Bitcoin Flows by Provider
Source: Coinshares

Digital asset investment products have seen a second consecutive week of outflows totaling $584 million, reducing the total by $1.2 billion. This trend is attributed to investor pessimism regarding potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. Last week, the lowest volumes were traded globally on exchange-traded products (ETPs) since the U.S. ETFs were launched in January, with just $6.9 billion traded.

Regional Outflows and Altcoin Performance

The United States witnessed the largest outflows, with $475 million withdrawn, while Canada experienced significant outflows of $109 million. Germany and Hong Kong also saw outflows of $24 million and $19 million, respectively. In contrast, Switzerland and Brazil recorded inflows of $39 million and $8.5 million, respectively, bucking the overall trend.

Bitcoin Flow by Exchange Country
Source: Coinshares

Bitcoin was the primary focus of the outflows, with $630 million withdrawn. Despite the negative sentiment, investors did not increase their short positions, with short Bitcoin experiencing outflows of $1.2 million. Ethereum was not immune to the negative sentiment, seeing $58 million in outflows.

Flow by Asset
Source: Coinshares

While several altcoins experienced price weakness, some saw inflows. Solana, Litecoin, and Polygon recorded inflows of $2.7 million, $1.3 million, and $1 million, respectively. Multi-asset products saw inflows of $98 million, suggesting that investors viewed the weakness in the altcoin market as a buying opportunity.

The recent trends in Bitcoin ETFs and digital asset investment products indicate investors are cautious about approaching the market amid market uncertainties and shifting sentiments. The continued outflows underscore Bitcoin ETFs’ challenges in maintaining investor interest in the current economic climate.

As of this writing, Bitcoin is trading at $61,480, with a mere increase of 0.10% in the daily chart. Despite the bullish resurgence, BTC remains down on the weekly and monthly charts by 6% and 10%, respectively. The market cap and the trading volume are $1.21 trillion and $39 billion, respectively.