Bitcoin aims for weekly success as GBTC concerns ease


  • Bitcoin’s value surged nearly 6% to $42,131.57, rebounding into positive weekly gains.
  • Ethereum experienced a modest 2% rise, although it faced a 9% decline over the week.
  • Concerns over Grayscale GBTC outflows are easing, with a noticeable slowdown in redemptions.

Bitcoin has been on a wild ride, folks, with its value climbing up the financial roller coaster to close the week on a high note. Investors are breathing a sigh of relief as the storm around the Grayscale Bitcoin ETF (GBTC) starts to calm down, showing signs that the tumultuous outflows might just be getting their act together and tapering off.

The digital currency saw its value surge by nearly 6% to hit $42,131.57, according to the wizards at Coin Metrics. This uptick nudged its weekly performance back into the green, painting a brighter picture for Bitcoin enthusiasts. Ether, not wanting to be left out of the fun, also joined the party with a modest 2% increase, trading at $2,264.73, although it’s looking at a 9% dip over the week.

The Great GBTC Exodus Slows Down

Thursday brought some good news, feeling almost like the crypto gods decided to throw Bitcoin a bone. Reports from Needham’s John Todaro highlighted that GBTC saw one of its best days in a while, with net outflows hitting a low and marking the third consecutive day of decline. This slowdown could very well be the light at the end of the tunnel, indicating that the redemption rush might be taking a breather.

It’s been a head-scratcher trying to pin down just how much more would flow out of GBTC, but Todaro believes that the major sell-off drivers, including the aftermath of the FTX saga and the antics of arbitrage funds, are nearly wrapped up. Echoing this sentiment, JPMorgan’s strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou chimed in, suggesting that the GBTC profit-taking fiesta is mostly behind us, hinting at a reduction in downward pressure on Bitcoin from this front.

Bitcoin’s Bounce Back and ETF Drama

After a shaky start to the week that saw Bitcoin dip below $39,000 for the first time since the early days of December, the digital currency has shown resilience. This dip came in the wake of the U.S. nodding along to spot Bitcoin ETFs, a move that had been anticipated with bated breath by the crypto community.

Despite the early week jitters, Bitcoin mining stocks decided to strut their stuff, outperforming the cryptocurrency itself. Riot Platforms and Marathon Digital, in particular, saw their values soar, marking their first positive week after a month-long slump.

But hold onto your hats, because the crypto market’s total capitalization took a slight dive, shedding about $50 billion over a rollercoaster of a week. Bitcoin’s price took a wild turn on January 19th, shooting up and then taking a nosedive to $38,500, a level unseen for a couple of months. Contrary to the doomsday predictions of some analysts, Bitcoin managed to claw its way back up, breaking out of its slump and bringing a wave of optimism to the market.

The much-hyped launch of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the U.S. might be losing its novelty, as indicated by the cooling down of exchange inflows from Grayscale. This suggests that the selling frenzy might be easing up. Meanwhile, the SEC’s decision to hit the pause button on two proposed spot ether ETFs adds another twist to the saga, possibly influencing a shift back from Ethereum to Bitcoin among investors.

As we gear up for the months ahead, with the Bitcoin halving event looming in April, all eyes are on how these developments will shape the future of this digital titan. Despite the week’s tumultuous start, Bitcoin’s recovery efforts are in full swing, fueled by optimism that the GBTC-induced sell-off may be winding down, setting the stage for an intriguing chapter in the saga of this cryptocurrency heavyweight.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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