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Ethereum sees $2.3B in inflows as ETF anticipation sparks optimism

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As per speculations, Ethereum’s outflows might be institutional accumulation pending its ETF approval. 

Ethereum sees $2.3B in inflows as ETF anticipation sparks optimism

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  • Ethereum saw around $2.3 billion inflows.
  • The ETH price rise triggered a notable short liquidation volume.

Ethereum [ETH] recently experienced a significant price move, triggering a large volume of short liquidations and leading to a record inflow volume.

Amid these developments, there is speculation that institutions might be preparing for the potential approval of an Ethereum-based financial product.

Ethereum sees significant flow into exchanges

AMBCrypto’s analysis of Ethereum’s inflow chart on CryptoQuant showed that traders have moved to take advantage of the recent price increase.

On the 21st of May, around 627,770 ETH, valued at over $2.3 billion at approximately $3,789 per ETH, flowed into exchanges. This marked the second-largest inflow volume in over a year.

The largest inflow occurred in March when 648,000 ETH, also worth about $2.3 billion, were transferred. At press time, the inflow had already exceeded 100,000 ETH.

Ethereum inflow

Source: CryptoQuant

Due to these substantial inflows, Ethereum’s Netflow has been positive over the past few days. The Netflow indicated that more ETH was entering exchanges than leaving.

On the 21st of May, the Netflow was around 49,000 ETH — this trend continued with an additional Netflow of over 5,600 ETH at the time of writing.

Ethereum shorts see more liquidation

Another effect of the recent Ethereum price increase has been a surge in liquidation volume. 

According to AMBCrypto’s analysis of the liquidation chart, short traders have experienced significant liquidations in the past few days. 

Ethereum liquidations

Source: CryptoQuant

On the 20th of May, approximately 20,558 ETH, valued at over $75.2 million, were liquidated, marking the second-highest short liquidation volume in over a year.

The trend continued on the 21st of May, with over 11,600 ETH worth around $44 million being liquidated.

Institutions preparing for ETF approval?

Amid the recent price increase in Ethereum, there is growing speculation about the imminent approval of an Ethereum ETF. 

Commentators are optimistic about this approval, and some analysts believe that institutions are already preparing for it. 

A CryptoQuant chart showed notable outflows of ETH on Coinbase on the 11th and 27th of March and 18th April, with volumes of approximately -134,000, -120,454, and -133,000 ETH, respectively.

Similar outflow patterns were observed on Coinbase before the announcement of the Bitcoin ETF approval in January, suggesting that institutions might be positioning themselves for a potential approval now as well.

Ethereum exchange Netflow

Source: CryptoQuant

ETH sees a slight drop

Ethereum surged to approximately $3,661 following a 19% increase on the 20th of May.


Read Ethereum’s [ETH] Price Prediction 2024-25


According to AMBCrypto’s assessment of the daily time frame chart, this upward trend continued on the 21st of May, with ETH reaching around $3,789 after a 3.50% increase, hitting a price zone last seen in March.

As of this writing, Ethereum was trading at about $3,749, reflecting a decline of just over 1%.

Ethereum price trend

Source: TradingView

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Adewale is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. While he is increasingly fascinating by the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Adewale holds a degree in International Relations. Besides working on insightful articles that touch upon the crypto-space's hottest issues, he finds joy in supporting Manchester United and Afrobeat music.
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