Bitcoin ETF outflows hit record highs amidst market volatility


  • Big outflows hit Bitcoin ETFs, with Grayscale’s GBTC losing over $640 million in a day.
  • Fidelity’s Bitcoin ETF had record low inflows of $5.9 million, contributing to a net outflow of $154.3 million from spot Bitcoin ETFs.
  • Analysts stay hopeful for Bitcoin ETFs’ future, expecting potential growth despite recent setbacks.


In a significant turn of events, Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has witnessed its largest day of outflows since its conversion to a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) on January 11. On March 18 alone, more than $640 million worth of Bitcoin flowed out of the fund, marking a notable shift in investor sentiment. This surge in outflows coincides with a broader downturn in the cryptocurrency market, with Bitcoin trading at $65,875, down 10.5% from its recent all-time high of $73,797.

Grayscale’s outflows and market dynamics

The outflow from Grayscale’s GBTC totaled $642.5 million on March 18, signaling a substantial movement of funds away from the asset manager’s spot Bitcoin ETF. Additionally, Fidelity’s Bitcoin ETF, the second-largest fund in the market, experienced a decline in inflows, reaching just $5.9 million, its lowest level on record. This trend resulted in a net outflow of $154.3 million across spot Bitcoin ETFs.

Market analysts have attributed this downturn to various factors, including slowing Bitcoin ETF flows, the upcoming halving event, and the Federal Open Market Committee meeting scheduled for March 20 by the United States Federal Reserve. These events have contributed to a period of subdued price action for Bitcoin in recent days.

Optimistic outlook for Bitcoin ETFs

Despite the current market challenges, some analysts remain optimistic about the future of Bitcoin ETFs. Grant Engelbart, vice president of the investment firm Carson Group, highlighted that although only a limited number of advisors had seen clients allocate funds to Bitcoin ETFs, there has been a consistent average investment ratio of 3.5% of total funds among those who have participated.

Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas echoed Engelbart’s sentiment, noting that early adopters have shown interest in spot Bitcoin ETFs, with inbound traffic driving current inflows. Balchunas suggested that as awareness grows and advisors actively solicit their clients, Bitcoin ETF inflows could potentially gain momentum in the future.

Long-term bullish outlook

Some commentators have pointed to the remaining Bitcoin holdings on GBTC’s books, approximately 370,000 BTC, as a reason for optimism regarding future ETF flows. Allesandro Ottaviani, a crypto market commentator, highlighted the recent sale of 9.6k Bitcoin by GBTC amidst its substantial holdings, suggesting that such high outflows may not be sustainable in the long run.

The recent surge in outflows from Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust reflects a broader trend of market volatility and investor uncertainty. While Bitcoin ETFs have faced challenges amidst the current economic landscape, there remains optimism regarding their long-term potential. As regulatory clarity improves and investor awareness grows, the future of Bitcoin ETFs could see increased stability and growth.

As the cryptocurrency market continues to evolve, investors and analysts alike will closely monitor developments in Bitcoin ETF flows and their impact on market dynamics.

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