Fidelity Bitcoin ETF rakes in reported $208M, offsetting Grayscale outflows alone

    2024.01.30 | exchangesranking | 34onlookers

    Fidelity's spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) has reportedly managed to pull in $208 million in daily inflows on Jan. 29, outstripping outflows from Grayscale Bitcoin Trust for the first time outside their launch day.

    According to provisional data from Farside Investors, Fidelity's FBTC raked in $208 million in inflows on Monday, compared to the $192 million outflowed from the GBTC — the lowest daily outflows outside of its re-launch, per BitMEX Research data. 

    The latest GBTC outflows mark a nearly 25% drop from $255 million on Jan. 26, and a 70% drop from the fund’s peak daily outflows of $641 million on Jan. 22.

    It’s also the second-lowest outflow day for Grayscale’s fund, besides the $95 million that left the fund on Jan. 11 — the day it was converted to a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).

    Crypto traders are eagerly watching for signs of slowed GBTC outflows caused by the fund’s investors taking the chance to cash out of their once-underwater positions.

    JPMorgan analysts noted on Jan. 25 that GBTC outflows have caused downward price pressure on Bitcoin but added that “should be largely behind us.”

    Meanwhile, Jan. 29 figures show the nine new U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs hit a combined $994.1 million in volume, close to doubling that of GBTC, which saw $570 million in volume, according to data shared to X by Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart.

    BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) and the Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC) saw the largest volume share behind the GBTC, pulling in respective daily volumes of $460.9 million and $315.4 million — 78% of the combined volume posted by the nine new ETFs.

    The crowded market for spot Bitcoin ETFs has even reportedly seen fund issuers cut fees to attract investors — both in the U.S. and abroad.

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    Invesco and Galaxy Asset Management were the latest to drop fees on their joint ETF — Invesco Galaxy Bitcoin ETF (BTCO) — saying on Jan. 29 that its eventual expense ratio will be 0.25%, down from 0.39%.

    The fee drop brings it down to the same level as BlackRock, Fidelity, Valkyrie, and VanEck. BTCO has zero fees for the first six months or until it hits $5 billion in assets, after which the new lower fee will go into effect.

    The stateside fee war may have also affected Europe’s ETFs, with speculation that traders are fleeing from Europe-based products to the U.S., according to research from CoinShares.

    Last week, on Jan. 23, Invesco also slashed fees on its Europe-based Bitcoin ETF from 0.99% to 0.39% and was joined by WisdomTree, which cut fees from 0.95% to 0.35%.

    CoinShares followed on Jan. 25, cutting fees on its flagship Bitcoin ETF from 0.98% to 0.35%.

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