Coin Investment Report: Weekly Trends and Shifting Tides
During the week commencing September 13, digital asset investment vehicles encountered a considerable drain, with a staggering $55 million flowing out, as outlined in the report by CoinShares.
Initially high hopes linked to the long-awaited approval of a spot-centric Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) have gradually dimmed, casting a shadow as the week's net loss of $42 million can be exclusively attributed to BTC.
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The realm of Ethereum-based offerings didn't bask in a rosier picture either. Funds centered around Ether found themselves shedding $9 million, while other prominent tokens like Polygon, Litecoin, and Polkadot collectively experienced an exodus amounting to $2 million.
However, amidst the tide of outflows, Ripple's XRP and Cardano managed to stand as exceptions, capturing positive flows. XRP amassed a noteworthy $1.2 million in inflows, whereas Cardano secured a more modest sum of $100,000.
Turning to the geographical landscape, almost all regions felt the liquidity outflow. Canada emerged as the frontrunner in this trend, recording a substantial depletion of $35.9 million. Following suit were Germany and the U.S., which witnessed respective outflows of $11 million and $5.5 million.
Interestingly, in this sea of drainage, Switzerland and Australia turned out to be isolated oases of positivity. The Swiss market witnessed an influx of $3.5 million in funds, while Australia registered a more modest sum of $100,000 in inflows.
CoinShares attributed the widespread outflows to the prevailing inaction exhibited by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which has yet to provide the green light for a spot-oriented Bitcoin ETF:
"Our analysis points to this [market behavior] being a direct response to recent media coverage, emphasizing the lack of immediate prospects for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission to grant approval for a spot-based ETF within the United States."
The intriguing buzz surrounding the hypothetical validation of a spot-centered Bitcoin ETF continues to fuel significant speculation about the trajectory of the cryptocurrency sector. Notably, some experts even assert that if such an endorsement materializes, it could potentially serve as a monumental catalyst, propelling the cryptocurrency realm to unprecedented heights.