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Spot Bitcoin ETFs are reshaping gold-backed investments

TL;DR

  • Bitcoin ETFs are drawing investors away from traditional gold-backed ETFs, despite doubts about their long-term impact on gold.
  • The iShares Bitcoin Trust and Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund saw significant inflows, while gold ETFs experienced outflows.
  • Bitcoin’s price surged over 150% in 2023, outpacing gold’s 13% increase, highlighting its growing appeal as an investment.

A new wave of enthusiasm has hit Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), luring investors to shift their gaze and funds from traditional gold-backed ETFs. Despite the skepticism from some quarters of the financial analysis space, the allure of Bitcoin ETFs as a hedge against inflation is undeniable. With the U.S. regulators giving the thumbs up to these cryptoassetf trackers in January, the multi-trillion dollar ETF market is braced for an upheaval.

The Bitcoin ETF Boom

Let’s get one thing straight. Bitcoin ETFs are on a tear, people! Following the regulatory nod in January, the iShares Bitcoin Trust and Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund have been raking in the dough, amassing $5.45 billion and $4.13 billion, respectively. On the flip side, the gold behemoths, the SPDR Gold Trust and iShares Gold Trust, are feeling the pinch, bleeding out millions in assets. It’s clear as day; the investment tides are turning.

What’s the big deal, you ask? Bitcoin’s meteoric rise by over 150% in 2023, dwarfing gold’s modest 13% climb, has investors excited

. The cryptocurrency industry is maturing, and with every regulatory nod, it edges closer to becoming a mainstream investment haven, potentially giving the old guard, gold, a run for its money. Yet, caution remains the word on the street. Bitcoin’s wild swings have some pundits advising a stay in the gold lane, a tried and tested refuge during economic squalls.

A Tug of War: Bitcoin vs. Gold

Diving deeper into the fray, the trading volumes for these shiny new Bitcoin ETFs have exploded, crossing the $50 billion mark. The leaders of the pack, BlackRock’s IBIT, Grayscale’s GBTC, and Fidelity’s FBTC, are commanding the field with their hefty trading volumes. However, Grayscale’s GBTC has seen its market share shrink, a testament to the cutthroat competition in the Bitcoin ETF market.

Thursday brought a fresh twist to the tale, with the Bitcoin ETFs swinging back to net inflows after a brief setback. The scoreboard? Fidelity’s FBTC leading the charge with significant inflows, followed closely by BlackRock’s IBIT. Meanwhile, Grayscale’s GBTC faced outflows, underscoring the shifting sands of investor preference.

In the grand scheme of things, the collective assets under management (AUM) of the newborn Bitcoin ETFs are closing in on 300,000 BTC, signaling a strong appetite for cryptocurrency investments. This growth spurt in AUM starkly contrasts with the decline in assets held by Grayscale’s GBTC, painting a vivid picture of the investment landscape. Meanwhile, Bitcoin’s price action has seen a notable uptick this month and year-to-date, even surpassing $53,000 at one points. At press time, however, it was barely holding onto$51,300.

Disclaimer: The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decision.

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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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