The Decline in Crypto ETF Investments: Why Investors Are Pulling Out
Scholarship Money Goes Out: Bitcoin and Ethereum
Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) providers release weekly reports to keep their investors informed about the market trends. Unfortunately, recent reports indicate that the past few weeks have not been too positive for exchange-traded crypto funds, and the investors’ sentiment did not change last week. CoinShares, a crypto asset manager, revealed that $32.1 million left the crypto market in the week of May 15, marking the fifth consecutive week of outflows. A total of $232 million has left in those five weeks.
Of all the money that left, Bitcoin (BTC) made up the lion’s share, as usual, with $32.7 million leaving the largest cryptocurrency. Ethereum (ETH) was not too far behind, with only $1 million leaving the platform.
Interestingly, $1.3 million left short BTC funds hoping for a falling price. This suggests that traders are less willing to speculate in crypto and may have taken their profits on bitcoin. Unfortunately, the week ended about 12% lower than where the price was a few weeks ago.
Altcoins Actually Grew, Germany Bearish
While Bitcoin and Ethereum showed a decline, multi-coin funds saw a growth of $1.6 million. Litecoin (LTC), XRP, and other tokens also grew by 3, 2, and 9 tons, respectively. Among the other crypto coins, Avalanche exchange funds have grown the fastest.
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Almost all countries recorded negative net flows in terms of money. Germany accounted for 73% of all outgoing money, but Australia saw neither growth nor contraction. Brazil and Canada were also exceptions to the rule with $1.3 and $2.2 million inflows respectively.
Factors Contributing to the Pull-Out
Several factors may have contributed to the pulling-out trend of investors in the exchange-traded crypto funds. One such factor is the uncertainty around digital assets’ regulatory environment. The crypto market has always been prone to drastic changes caused by changes in regulatory measures and threats of crackdowns. Moreover, the latest pull-out trend has coincided with tweets by Elon Musk. Tesla’s decision to stop accepting bitcoin as payment caused an immediate slump in the value of bitcoin. Though the digital currency later rebounded, it shows signs of volatility, making it a risky investment opportunity.
Additionally, investors’ lack of experience and market volatility may weaken their confidence in digital currencies as an investment opportunity. High inflation rates worldwide may also hold investors away from digital currencies, highlighting the need for tighter regulations on digital assets’ issuance and trading.
The unprecedented growth of cryptocurrencies has presented a new investment opportunity that cannot be ignored. However, investors need to approach digital assets with caution. Investment in digital currencies is relatively new and presents several challenges to investors seeking to take advantage of new opportunities. Hence, a lack of experience and the risk associated with the crypto market foreshadow the need for further development of regulatory measures and digital asset infrastructure.