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Bitcoin: How $12 billion in ETF inflows and yields changed crypto-adoption

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Has the crypto market transformed through ETFs and yield opportunities?

How Bitcoin ETFs, yields change the course of crypto adoption

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  • Bitcoin ETFs attracted substantial inflows, playing a key role in market expansion.
  • Despite challenges, ETFs explore crypto yield opportunities, signaling strategy shifts.

The state of liquidity in the crypto market has evolved significantly, as indicated by a recent report in Bloomberg.

It suggested that the market has moved beyond the immediate liquidity gap, with liquidity now being more robust compared to the aftermath of the 2021 credit crisis. 

Analysts consider ETFs as the primary drivers of current liquidity dynamics, especially with significant inflows in Bitcoin [BTC] ETFs.

Echoing similar sentiments, Austin Reid, global head of revenue and business at FalconX in a recent conversation with “The Block,” noted, 

“If you look at the net inflows of Bitcoin ETF to date you’re at roughly 12 billion. If you just look at that in contrast to other instruments I think it took about three years for gold ETFs to build to a 12 billion mark.”  

He further added, 

“ETFs are obviously driving global market right now but I think in the last couple of days is also the entrance of broader international retail.”

This underscores the global nature of liquidity dynamics, showcasing how international retail involvement on offshore exchanges contributes to the overall expansion of liquidity. 

Traditional markets vs digital markets 

While addressing the ongoing challenge of volatility inherent in cryptocurrencies, Reid also shed light on the prospect of introducing new types of financial products.

He drew parallels with traditional financial markets, and suggested, 

“If you look at other asset classes what the introduction of more robust and liquid derivatives market means in the long term is actually a decrease in volatility over time because you would basically have the ability to hedge in those assets.”

Additionally, the conversation sheds light on the challenges faced by institutional participants in accessing lending markets within the crypto space.

This emphasized the lack of lending options compared to previous cycles.

“I think one of the challenges that we’ve seen institutional market participants face is basically where can I borrow from in these markets.”

The potential of yield opportunities 

Despite these challenges, sophisticated institutional investors increasingly acknowledge the importance of exploring yield opportunities in the crypto ecosystem. 

This shift highlights an emerging paradigm in investment strategies as institutions struggle with interest rates, inflation hedging, and the appeal of crypto assets as alternative investments.

In conclusion, while challenges persist, the growing institutional participation signals a promising outlook for the crypto market, underlining its maturation and integration into traditional finance.

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Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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