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Bitcoin ETF breaks 80-day losing streak with bullish BTC inflow

Bitcoin ETF breaks 80-day losing streak with bullish BTC inflow

As Bitcoin (BTC) continues to recover, United States spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) linked to the cryptocurrency have registered record net inflows.

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust ETF (GBTC) has successfully ended its 80-day losing streak, capturing a significant $63 million inflow on May 3. This milestone marks the first net inflow since GBTC’s transformation into a Bitcoin ETF back in January.

Recent data from Farside highlights this dramatic shift, with Grayscale’s GBTC securing $63 million in inflows, a stark reversal from the approximately $17.5 billion of outflows it has suffered since the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs on January 11.

Despite intense competition, GBTC remains the largest Bitcoin spot ETF, managing over $18.7 billion assets under management (AUM) and about 297,000 BTC. However, this continued outflow has allowed newer competitors like the BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), which now boasts $16.9 billion in AUM as of May 3.

One of the main challenges for Grayscale has been its fees. The crypto fund manager charges a 1.5% management fee for GBTC holders, which is significantly higher than the fees charged by many other ETF providers, including BlackRock and Fidelity.

This has been a critical factor in the ongoing outflows since January. In an effort to regain its competitive edge, Grayscale is considering launching a “mini” Bitcoin ETF with lower fees to compete with the array of new, highly popular ETFs.

Competing Bitcoin spot ETFs

Bitcoin ETF flow. Source.Farside

Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC) topped the chart for daily inflows with $102.6 million, followed by the Bitwise Bitcoin Fund (BITB) which garnered $33.5 million, and the Invesco Galaxy Bitcoin ETF (BTCO) close behind at $33.2 million.

Interestingly, BlackRock’s IBIT recorded inflows of only $12.7 million, placing it second-last for the day. This indicates that other market players, particularly Fidelity, are gradually catching up to BlackRock.

Additionally, there has been a noticeable increase in investment from Hong Kong-based companies in U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs, signaling a signaling a growing optimism among institutional investors in these funds.

Prominent crypto influencer DivXman noted on Twitter that GBTC had been the “primary source” of sell pressure across all spot Bitcoin ETFs, but suggested that “the tides” might be turning.

BTC price analysis

BTC 1 day price chart. Source. Finbold

Bitcoin’s price has surged with a one-day gain of 1.65%, reaching $63,930 at press time. This increase coincides with the growing positive sentiment surrounding Bitcoin, potentially spurred by the encouraging developments in the ETF sector.

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