April 12, 2024

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Hong Kong Set to Approve First Spot Bitcoin and Ether ETFs as soon as Monday: Bloomberg

Hong Kong regulators are poised to approve the first batch of spot ETFs based on Bitcoin and Ether as early as Monday, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. A subsidiary of Harvest Fund Management Company is likely to receive approval to issue both Bitcoin and Ether funds, alongside a partnership between Bosera Asset Management (International) Co. and HashKey Capital, which is also expected to secure approvals for both types of spot ETFs. These developments follow the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission's recent moves to open digital asset investments to institutional investors, with the launch of these ETFs tentatively scheduled for the end of April.

BlackRock's iShares Bitcoin Trust Drives Record Q1 ETF Inflows, Highlighting Digital Asset Growth

During the first quarter, BlackRock reported that approximately one-fifth of its ETF net inflows were channeled into its iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), totaling about $13.9 billion of the $67 billion total net inflows across its entire ETF range. Launched on January 11, the Bitcoin fund quickly became notable for its rapid growth, managing nearly $19 billion in assets and earning the title of "the fastest-growing ETF in history," as stated by BlackRock CEO Larry Fink during an earnings call. This surge in demand contributed to BlackRock reaching a record $10.5 trillion in assets under management. Additionally, BlackRock continues to innovate in the digital assets space, introducing its first tokenized fund—the BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund—aimed at providing exposure to US dollar yields through the tokenization platform, Securitize Markets. Fink emphasized that these developments reflect BlackRock's ongoing strategy to enhance market efficiencies and expand investment access through innovative product offerings.

Monad Labs Raises $225 Million, Eyes Increased Transaction Speeds with New Ethereum-Compatible Blockchain

Monad Labs, the team behind the Ethereum-compatible Layer 1 blockchain Monad, has successfully secured $225 million in a funding round led by Paradigm, boosting its valuation to $3 billion. This investment, supported by Electric Capital, Coinbase Ventures, and several other firms, along with notable angel investors, marks a significant step for Monad as it plans to scale its team and bring its platform to production. Unlike simply cloning Ethereum's codebase, Monad is creating a new Ethereum Virtual Machine designed to handle transactions in parallel, thus increasing efficiency and achieving instant block finality. This could potentially increase processing speed to 10,000 transactions per second, appealing to high-frequency trading markets. Monad's development has progressed to a live devnet, with a public testnet and mainnet launch expected later this year. This funding round follows a period of intensified interest in digital assets, highlighted by reports of Paradigm discussing a new crypto venture fund potentially exceeding $750 million.

Trading Desk Insights

Bitcoin exhibited a downward trend this morning as the market grapples with ongoing inflation fears and escalating geopolitical tensions. The $72,000 mark is proving to be a sturdy short-term resistance level. Despite today's pullback, the pattern of higher lows suggests that the overall bullish trend is still in play. There's potential for Bitcoin to dip towards the $68,000 to $66,000 range, yet these declines are generally seen as buying opportunities unless we breach these levels downward.

In terms of Bitcoin ETFs, the market observed a notable influx of $91.3 million yesterday, with BlackRock leading the charge, posting $192.1 million in inflows. Conversely, Grayscale saw substantial outflows totaling $124.9 million.

The broader stock market declined on Friday, influenced heavily by the commencement of the corporate earnings season by major U.S. banks, persistent inflation, and intensifying geopolitical unrest. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, highlighted the dual threats of enduring inflation and escalating global conflicts as key risks to an otherwise optimistic economic environment.

On the commodities front, oil prices saw an uptick following reports that Israel might face a direct attack from Iran over the weekend. This potential escalation in Middle East tensions, coupled with recent U.S. import data, has exacerbated the inflationary pressures already challenging the markets.

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