Bitcoin Price Tumbles 20% After ETF Hype: Is This a Good Time to Buy? – Coinpedia Fintech News


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Bitcoin has faced a recent downturn, losing nearly 20% of its value since the launch of the first-ever exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on January 11.
On the day ETFs debuted, Bitcoin initially surged to an impressive $49,021, with major players such as BlackRock Inc. and Fidelity Investments joining the crypto investment arena. However, the excitement was short-lived, and as of now, Bitcoin is trading at $39,718—a significant 19% decline from its intraday peak.
Let’s delve into the details to understand the factors behind this market turbulence.
Alongside this market turbulence, nine new US spot Bitcoin funds emerged, and the massive $22 billion Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) transformed into an ETF on January 11. Notably, within the first six days, these funds collectively attracted a net inflow of $1.2 billion, according to insights shared by Eric Balchunas, a Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.
Vanguard’s assets grew by $1.2T last yr to reach $8.6T a new all time high, they now have 86% of the aum BlackRock has (up from 61% ten years ago) which has them on pace to pass them for #1 spot by end of decade-ish altho the two of them in league of own, both double #3 Fidelity
The iShares Bitcoin Trust from BlackRock and the Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund took center stage, capturing the majority of new investments. Conversely, $2.8 billion exited the Grayscale fund, with notable selling activity stemming from the estate of the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, which strategically divested most of its shares in the Grayscale vehicle.
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Bloomberg analysts attribute Bitcoin’s recent troubles to weak financial conditions, including higher interest rates, a stronger dollar, and a significant amount of selling pressure. Traders closing out GBTC arbitrage bets and the FTX bankruptcy estate selling off assets have added to this pressure. Sean Farrell, Head of Digital-Asset Strategy at Fundstrat Global Advisors, speculates that FTX sales might alleviate oversupply, potentially reducing the intense selling pressure on GBTC.
Despite Bitcoin’s remarkable 160% surge in the previous year, outpacing traditional assets, its performance has faltered in the new year, lagging behind global markets. However, the introduction of ETFs was anticipated to encourage broader cryptocurrency adoption by both institutional and individual investors.
Global Challenges
Interestingly, it’s not just Bitcoin facing challenges; other cryptocurrencies, including Ether and BNB, encountered difficulties in Asia on the same day. Bitcoin, as the largest digital asset, currently lingers approximately $30,000 below its pandemic-era record of nearly $69,000 set in 2021.
Looking ahead to 2024, despite the recent dip, Bitcoin’s outlook remains bullish. The introduction of new spot Bitcoin ETFs and an upcoming halving are expected to create long-term demand and reduce selling pressure. Anticipated Federal Reserve interest rate cuts in 2024 suggest improving liquidity conditions, aligning with rising demand and falling supply—a promising combination for Bitcoin enthusiasts.
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The crypto rollercoaster continues, and only time will unveil the twists and turns that lie ahead.

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