Bitcoin ETF activity to remain robust until the halving: Santiment

    2024.04.09 | exchangesranking | 78onlookers

    Spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) flows are likely to remain high until the Bitcoin halving later this month, according to on-chain analytics firm Santiment.

    The blockchain data firm observed that Bitcoin ETF volume hasn’t slowed since the asset hit an all-time high in mid-March, adding, “Trader activity is still notably higher than the turning point that began in late February after an influx of individual trading began” in a post on X on April 8.

    Santiment speculated that it is a “likely foregone conclusion” that the high ETF activity will continue leading up to the Bitcoin halving in around two weeks.

    The Bitcoin halving event, which happens every four years, is estimated to occur on April 20.

    According to Santiment, there has been $3.19 billion daily volume among the top seven ETFs. However, “it will be interesting to see whether a drop-off in ETF volume and on-chain volume will occur directly afterward,” it added.

    Lucas Kiely of Yield App recently suggested that the accumulation of Bitcoin via ETFs could reduce the likelihood of large swings after the halving.

    Bitcoin ETF volumes. Source: Santiment

    Spot Bitcoin ETF volumes soared to $111 billion in March, almost tripling the volume for the previous month, highlighting consistent interest in the products.

    According to Farside Investors, Bitcoin ETF inflows picked up at the end of last week, with two days of more than $200 million in net inflow on April 4 and 5.

    That followed a couple of low days earlier in the week with an $85.7 million outflow on April 1 in what appeared to be a trend reversal from a strong few days in late March.

    Grayscale continues to drag the aggregate figures down with consistent outflows every trading day since it converted to a spot ETF in mid-January. Last week, the firm’s GBTC fund shed $738 million, bringing the total BTC outflow from the product to 294,313 BTC.

    Related: Bitcoin ETFs set for ‘even bigger wave’ in next few months: Bitwise

    Industry executives remain confident, however. Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse predicts that the total crypto market value will double this year, primarily driven by spot ETFs and the Bitcoin halving.

    “I’m very optimistic. I think the macro trends, the big picture things like the ETFs, they’re driving for the first time real institutional money,” he told CNBC on April 7.

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