The Bitcoin spot ETF approval brought volatility to the cryptocurrency market, mostly favoring altcoins for the weekend. Meanwhile, smart money in and outflows hint at which cryptocurrencies profitable traders are accumulating and getting rid of.
In onchain analysis, smart traders are active crypto addresses with a profitable history considering tokens’ inflow and outflow. If the address acquired tokens at a lower average price than what they later spent, it is smart money.
Notably, the smart money inflow was massively dominated by Ethereum (ETH) in the past 24 hours, according to SpotOnChain data. $78.87 million in ETH entered smart traders’ accounts, while the second place had only a $3.25 million inflow.
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What do WBTC and Bitcoin ETFs have in common?
Essentially, WBTC is a synthetic version of Bitcoin (BTC), running on Ethereum and other DeFi blockchains, similar to Bitcoin ETFs. Someone does the custody of the real Bitcoin, while the traders get exposure to its price activity on other markets.
Arbitrage might occur if any connected assets have a huge price variation. In particular, arbitrage smart money profits from the price difference of a base asset in different markets. These dynamics guarantee a price balance and that each connected asset can serve as a leading indicator to the other.
Therefore, if there is a considerable outflow of WBTC, a similar sell-off is expected for Bitcoin or its ETFs. As one usually influences the other, it is tough to distinguish between cause and effect — a “chicken-egg” paradox.
Bitcoin price analysis amid smart money outflow
Interestingly, a sell-the-news event occurred after a quick pump to $48,965 per BTC following the Bitcoin spot ETF approval. The leading cryptocurrency lost 12.4% of its value from this peak to its current price of $42,550
Simultaneously, Bloomberg’s ETF analyst James Seyffart reported a $484 million outflow from Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). Thus, in a similar flow direction to the one from smart money DeFi traders.
In this context, it is evident that ETFs might have a more extensive influence on Bitcoin’s price and vice-versa. Now, the narrative is shifting towards an awaited Ethereum spot ETF approval, possibly motivating the first-mentioned smart money inflows to ETH.
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