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BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (iBIT) ETF surpasses $2 billion in holdings

TL;DR

  • Institutional interest drives BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF past $2B in holdings.
  • Bitcoin stability persists as the FOMC meeting approaches.
  • GBTC outflows dip 50% as crypto market absorbs ETF inflows

In a significant development for the cryptocurrency market, the BlackRock iShares Bitcoin Trust (iBIT) ETF has surged past $2 billion in holdings, holding more than 52,000 BTC. This news comes as outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) dipped by 50%, totaling $360 million on the day. These developments indicate growing interest in Bitcoin through ETFs despite some market uncertainties.

BTC price maintains stability amidst fresh ETF flows

At the opening of the Wall Street market, Bitcoin (BTC) was trading at $42,740, slightly off its weekend high of $42,800. Despite this mild retreat, Bitcoin remained stable, primarily due to promising ETF flows and ongoing institutional interest.

One of the significant factors influencing Bitcoin’s stability is the positive response to ETFs, which have helped offset outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). On the day, GBTC recorded outflows of $360 million, marking a continued decrease from previous daily outflows and a reduction of approximately 50% from peak daily outflows.

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin trust surpasses $2B in BTC holdings

The news of BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (iBIT) ETF accumulating more than $2 billion worth of Bitcoin holdings has generated considerable attention within the cryptocurrency community. 

As per data from asset manager BlackRock, it held over 52,000 BTC on the same day, reflecting the growing institutional interest in Bitcoin.

The magnitude of BlackRock’s Bitcoin holdings was highlighted on social media, with investors like Rajat Soni emphasizing the substantial implied buy volume compared to Bitcoin’s daily emission. Soni pointed out that only 900 BTC are currently issued daily, while BlackRock’s clients alone are buying 2-5 times the total daily production of Bitcoin.

This development underscores the increasing adoption of Bitcoin by institutional investors through ETFs, showcasing the digital currency’s evolution into a mainstream asset class.

FOMC meeting to impact crypto markets

As Bitcoin maintains its stability, the cryptocurrency market is bracing itself for potential volatility, with the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting by the United States Federal Reserve taking center stage. 

The FOMC is scheduled to make its decision on interest rates on January 31, 2024, marking a pivotal moment for financial markets.

Market participants are cautiously optimistic but prepared for fluctuations in the lead-up to the FOMC meeting. The primary focus will be on the Fed’s decision regarding interest rates and the potential impact on broader financial markets, including cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Financial commentator Ted Talksmacro noted that the market currently anticipates a 97% probability that the Fed will maintain the status quo at this meeting. 

However, there is a 46% probability of a rate cut at the March meeting, as suggested by data from CME Group’s FedWatch Tool.

Ted Talksmacro also highlighted the significance of this week’s FOMC meeting, suggesting that it could set the stage for rate cuts in the coming months. 

The remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell during the press conference that follows the rate announcement are expected to be closely scrutinized, as they could provide insight into the Federal Reserve’s future monetary policy decisions.

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Lacton is an experienced journalist specializing in blockchain-based technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency. He dabbles in daily crypto news rich with well-researched stats. He adds aesthetic appeal, adding a human face to technology.

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