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Retail investors' in-and-out behavior causes record 3-day outflow for Bitcoin ETFs

According to data from Bloomberg, the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for spot Bitcoin trading, which launched on Jan. 11, have experienced the biggest three-day outflow since their inception.

This is a significant reversal from the previous influx of funds that helped the token reach a record high of $72,000 last week, as reported by Fortune.

In the current week, a total of $742 million has been withdrawn from the funds, with $1.4 billion coming from outflows in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust alone. Additionally, the rate of inflows into the BlackRock and Fidelity offerings, which are the second and third most popular products, has slowed down.

According to James Butterfill on March 21, 2024, the amount of grayscale outflows has exceeded the inflows from new bitcoin ETF issuers by the largest margin since its launch. As of this week, there has been a net outflow of US$749 million from US issuers.

Moreover, according to Nate Geraci, president of the ETF Store, the recent pullback in Bitcoin’s price may lead to a change in ETF flows. Even though spot Bitcoin ETFs have been successful, they cannot constantly attract new investments on a daily basis, which is a common occurrence in the market. This was reported by Fortune.

Increase in GBTC outflows

Crypto analyst Robert Le also expressed that the increase in GBTC outflows is most likely a result of previous investors who are seeking to secure their profits following Bitcoin’s recent surge to record-breaking levels. This information was reported by Fortune after speaking with Le from Pitchbook.

Grayscale further said that the team predicted that the varied shareholders of GBTC would participate in investment tactics that would affect the Trust’s flow.

These tactics include taking profits, participating in arbitrage trading, and selling shares to settle debts in different bankrupt estates. Grayscale made this statement.

Geraci then stated that a significant number of registered investment advisors (RIAs) and institutional investors have not yet explored the funds, as they have a cautious approach in allocating their funds.

Therefore, he believes that the main source of inflow has been from retail investors and traders, who are known for their tendency to frequently enter and exit positions.

According to Eric Balchunas, the outflows for $GBTC have seen a resurgence, with a total of $1.4 billion this week. This surpasses any other ETF in terms of outflows for the year so far and has set a new record for cumulative outflows in ETF history.

Despite this, $GBTC still remains in third place for generating annual revenue out of 3,400 ETFs.

Furthermore, according to the information provided by senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas at Bloomberg, BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) is experiencing an average of 250,000 daily trades, with a typical trade size of 326 shares (equivalent to approximately $13,000).

Balchunas informed CoinDesk that these trades were most likely made by individual retail investors, indicating that they are driving the initial success of Bitcoin ETFs. As of 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Bitcoin was trading near $65,800, which is $6,000 less than its all-time high on March 14.

On Wednesday, Bitcoin’s value dropped to nearly $61,000, which is a 16% decline from its all-time high the previous week as traders awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve meeting. The meeting resulted in no change in interest rates.

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