Hong Kong Bitcoin ETFs not enough to absorb US ETF selling pressure

    03 May 2024
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    The inflows from the recently launched spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Hong Kong are not enough to cover the outflows from the 11 United States-based spot Bitcoin ETFs.

    So far, the Hong Kong ETFs saw $217 million worth of net inflows this week, according to a May 2 X post by James Butterfill, the head of research at CoinShares.

    The inflows are less than the $298 million worth of net outflows generated by the 11 U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs this week, according to Dune.

    Institutional inflows from ETFs were a significant part of the current Bitcoin rally to new all-time highs. By Feb. 15, Bitcoin ETFs accounted for about 75% of new investment in the world’s largest cryptocurrency as it surpassed the $50,000 mark, according to CryptoQuant research.

    Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund accounted for the majority of May 1 outflows, selling over $191 million worth of Bitcoin. Grayscale’s ETF accounted for the second-largest daily outflows of $167.4 million worth of BTC on May 1, according to Farside data.

    The first batch of Hong Kong Bitcoin and Ether-based ETFs launched for trading on April 30, creating excitement among crypto holders. However, trading activity has been disappointing.

    The Hong Kong-based ETFs only amassed $12.4 million in trading volume during the first day, which pales compared to the first-day trading volume of U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs, valued at $4.6 billion.

    However, this is a high figure considering the size of the Hong Kong market, equivalent to $1.6 billion worth of trading volume in the United States, according to senior Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas’ April 30 X post:

    “You have to understand [that Hong Kong] is 1/168th the size of the U.S.”

    While the inflows were relatively small, the debut of the Hong Kong ETFs could set a significant precedent for other jurisdictions, according to James Wo, the founder and CEO of DFG, who told Cointelegraph:

    “These ETFs open up Asian markets to crypto exposure, which can likely push prices up in the long term as more countries likely follow the footsteps of Hong Kong as well.”

    Could Bitcoin revisit the $50,000 mark after the Hong Kong ETF debut?

    The debut of the first Hong Kong ETFs proved to be a “sell-the-news” type event for Bitcoin holders, as BTC fell below the $60,000 psychological mark on May 1, a day after the debut of the new ETFs.

    The last time Bitcoin traded below $60,000 was at the end of February, according to CoinMarketCap.

    Bitcoin lost a strong support line at $59,000, which also acted as the short-term holder realized price (STH-RP), or the average inflow price of the ETFs.

    Losing the $59,000 mark could lead to Bitcoin revisiting the $50,000 mark, according to Jag Kooner, head of derivatives at Bitfinex. He told Cointelegraph:

    “While price predictions are not appropriate based on these, the STH-RP is a crucial support level for BTC to hold and on losing it, or the average ETF buyer cost basis, there is a high likelihood that there is a cascade down to low $50,000s.”

    Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/hong-kong-bitcoin-etf-us-pressure

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