Monthly Check Up: Analyzing the markets initial reaction to the spot Bitcoin ETF
February 23, 2023

Monthly Check Up: Analyzing the markets initial reactions to the spot Bitcoin ETF

After a successful launch, much of the wealth management industry still remains on the sidelines. When will they make the move?

The launch of the first ever spot Bitcoin ETF has come and gone. One month in, we are going to provide some analysis breaking down the first 30 trading days to see how it has performed thus far, as well as offering some technical indicators and macro analysis to assess its forthcoming potential.

A rocky start

After the initial ETF launch saw over $850 million of net inflows during the first two trading days, growth stalled after reports revealed that FTX executed sales of $1 billion of Grayscale's Bitcoin ETF. 

Looking at the chart below, we can see that this sell-off had a material impact on BTC's short-term price dynamics, quickly dropping down to the 39k range after briefly touching 48k. These ETFs showed consistent outflows from the inaugural trading day (January 11th) until January 26th. 

This dynamic was somewhat expected as investors have waited years for sufficient exit liquidity to take profits. Since this initial sell off, BTC has surged by 30%, ETH by 23% and SOL by 19%. This underscores a clear correlation between ETF inflows and market price movements.

A stronger second act

Since GBTC’s well- documented sell-off, the market’s latest rally has been predominantly driven by the US market, as evidenced by Bitcoin's price premium on Coinbase reaching a 9-month high. The gap with Binance, initially at $50, has recently narrowed to $20 as buying enthusiasm subsides.

Where do we go from here?

Reporting from across the industry has indicated that another large sell off is in the works. News is circulating that Genesis has obtained court clearance to sell approximately $1.3 billion worth of GBTC shares, such a large outflow would likely impact Bitcoin’s price dynamics during this period.  

Beyond BTC, institutional interest in ETH has been relatively tepid. However, as institutional interest in the sector continues, we anticipate a shift in sentiment in 2024. Following ETF approvals, ETHBTC surged by 20% amid expectations of a forthcoming ETH spot ETF. This currency pair experienced a decline of over 30% in 2023 as BTC retained its dominance, driven by the digital gold narrative and the eagerly awaited BTC spot ETF.


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