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Crypto: Institutional inflows hit record levels in 2024

Wed 29 May 2024 ▪ 4 min of reading ▪ by Evans S.
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The year 2024 marks a decisive turning point for cryptocurrencies. Institutional investors, once cautious, are now rushing into this market with unprecedented vigor. Capital flows are reaching new peaks, indicative of a growing interest in digital assets. This dynamic promises to shake up the global financial landscape.

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The Rise of Institutional Investments

Since the beginning of the year, financial institutions have poured colossal sums into cryptocurrencies. While hedge funds bet on a decline last week, a billion dollars was added to crypto-denominated assets, bringing inflows to 14.9 billion dollars for 2024. This figure far surpasses the previous record of 10.6 billion dollars set in 2021.

The reason for this enthusiasm? Increased confidence in the stability and growth potential of cryptocurrencies. According to James Butterfill, Head of Research at CoinShares, “The only other year to reach these levels is 2021.” This trend is explained by the growing adoption of blockchain technologies and a better understanding of the benefits they offer, such as decentralization and enhanced security.

Ethereum and Bitcoin: The Stars of the Crypto Market

CoinShares’ weekly report reveals that Ethereum has been particularly favored by institutional investors. Last week, 36 million dollars were purchased by institutions, marking the highest figure since March. This increase is mainly attributable to the SEC’s approval of spot ETFs on Ethereum, sparking renewed interest in this asset.

However, bitcoin remains the undisputed leader. With 1.05 billion dollars added to their portfolios last week, institutions continue to favor this cryptocurrency. Cumulative bitcoin inflows now total 14.6 billion dollars for the year. This phenomenon is explained by the perception of bitcoin as a store of value comparable to gold, offering protection against inflation and economic uncertainties.

Challenges and Prospects for 2024

Despite this tremendous growth, the cryptocurrency market is not without challenges. Outflows from Grayscale, the largest Bitcoin ETF provider, have slowed but remain significant. The company holds 34% of the market with 288,000 BTC, or 19 billion dollars. However, outflows since the beginning of the year total 17 billion dollars. This slowdown could indicate a stabilization, but also increased caution among investors in the face of market volatility.

On the other hand, Ethereum has seen cumulative outflows of 22 million dollars this year, despite a recent week of gains. Ethereum supporters hope that ETF approval will reverse this trend and revitalize institutional interest.

The year 2024 is already shaping up to be a record year for institutional cryptocurrency inflows. The amounts invested reflect renewed confidence and growing adoption of digital assets by major financial players. However, this dynamic needs to be closely watched, as volatility and uncertainties remain factors to consider. The coming months will be crucial to see if this trend continues and what impacts it will have on the overall cryptocurrency market. One thing is certain: the global financial landscape is undergoing a transformation, and cryptocurrencies are the main catalysts.

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Evans S. avatar
Evans S.

Fasciné par le bitcoin depuis 2017, Evariste n'a cessé de se documenter sur le sujet. Si son premier intérêt s'est porté sur le trading, il essaie désormais activement d’appréhender toutes les avancées centrées sur les cryptomonnaies. En tant que rédacteur, il aspire à fournir en permanence un travail de haute qualité qui reflète l'état du secteur dans son ensemble.

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