Bitcoin (BTC) experienced outflows of nearly $38 million, accounting for 80% of all outflows in digital asset investment products for the week ending May 13, according to CoinShares’ weekly report. The trend of outflows has continued for four consecutive weeks, bringing the period’s overall outflow to around $200 million and representing 0.6% of total assets under management.
The report suggests that investors have been “almost solely focused on the asset.” Short-Bitcoin products also saw outflows of $10.4 million over the same period. On the other hand, eight altcoins saw inflows, with Ethereum (ETH), TRON (TRX), and Cardano (ADA) experiencing the highest inflows.
CoinShares notes that the outflows occurred across several regions, indicating that the sentiment causing the trend is not limited to a small number of investors. Germany reported the most significant outflows at $30.5 million, followed by the US at $12.4 billion. Brazil saw outflows of $7 million, while Switzerland reported $4.2 million, and Sweden saw $400,000 in outflows. Australia and Canada were the only countries to report positive inflows, with $700,000 and $200,000, respectively.
The report indicates that the recent market volatility has resulted in some investors reducing their exposure to cryptocurrencies. While digital assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum have witnessed significant growth in recent months, they have also experienced sharp drops in value, making them a high-risk investment. However, the report suggests that the recent outflows may not be a cause for concern for the crypto market, as the outflows represent a small portion of total assets under management.
After the crypto industry experienced a disastrous year in 2022, owing to the collapse of several high-profile crypto firms, Bitcoin also took a major blow. The journey from its peak of $60,000 in November 2021 was a rollercoaster. By the end of 2022 Bitcoin was trading below $20,000 and reached a low of $14,000 levels. However, as the market started to cool down it quickly reclaimed the $ 20,000 mark in January 2023 and it recently cleared the $30,000 mark in May 2023 to currently trade as of writing at $27,075. The outflows could also be a part of profit-booking for investors who bought the dip.
It also highlights the increasing interest in altcoins, with some investors diversifying their portfolios away from Bitcoin. However, it is essential to note that the altcoin market is highly volatile and presents significant risks to investors.
The recent outflows in digital asset investment products are a reflection of the current market sentiment and highlight the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrencies. However, it is important to note that the crypto market is still in its early stages, and investors must conduct thorough research before investing in digital assets.
As the crypto market continues to evolve, we can expect to see increased volatility and fluctuations in the value of cryptocurrencies. However, with increased regulatory oversight and improved market infrastructure, the crypto market is likely to become more stable and attract more institutional investors in the future.