• Bitcoin ETFs have seen a surge in investments, attracting $654 million over three days despite the cryptocurrency’s recent price struggles.
  • Leading the inflows were BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust and Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund, indicating strong institutional interest amidst market volatility.

Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, has been struggling to regain its footing above the $60,000 mark since early July. Despite this price weakness, U.S.-listed Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have seen a surge in investor interest, with significant inflows over recent trading days.

Record Inflows Amid Price Weakness

Data from various sources shows that Bitcoin ETFs attracted $654 million in new investments over just three trading days. On July 9 alone, these funds saw a combined net inflow of $216 million. This trend suggests that institutional investors and others are viewing the recent price dip as a buying opportunity.

Leading the pack is BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), which pulled in $121 million on July 9. This follows an even stronger showing on the previous day, with $187 million in inflows. Over just two days, IBIT managed to add over 5,000 Bitcoin to its holdings, taking advantage of the lower prices to increase its position.

Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC) also saw significant interest, with inflows of nearly $91 million on July 9. Other funds, including those from Ark Invest and VanEck, also contributed to the positive flow of investments.

However, not all Bitcoin ETFs are experiencing the same trend. Grayscale’s GBTC, the second-largest Bitcoin ETF, reported outflows of $37.5 million on the same day. This continues a pattern of redemptions that has persisted since the fund’s conversion to an ETF earlier this year.

External Factors Adding Pressure

The strong interest in Bitcoin ETFs comes at a time when the cryptocurrency’s price has been under pressure. Bitcoin is currently trading around $59,000, down about 15% from its recent highs. Several factors have contributed to this price weakness, including increased selling from unexpected sources.

One significant source of selling pressure has been Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), the country’s federal criminal police. The BKA seized nearly 50,000 Bitcoin in January as part of an investigation into a movie piracy website. Since early July, the agency has reduced its holdings by more than $850 million, sending large amounts of Bitcoin to exchanges and market makers.

This selling from the German authorities has outpaced the inflows into U.S. Bitcoin ETFs, contributing to the downward pressure on Bitcoin’s price. The BKA’s wallet now holds less than half of the Bitcoin it originally seized, with about 24,000 BTC (worth $1.4 billion) remaining.

A Long-Term Opportunity?

Despite these challenges, some analysts remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s prospects. They point to the continued interest in Bitcoin ETFs as a sign of growing institutional adoption. Since their launch in January, these ETFs have accumulated a net inflow of over $15 billion, demonstrating sustained interest from investors.

The current market dynamics also present opportunities for long-term investors. As one analyst noted, “The run-up from $16K to $73K was largely driven by the ETFs, following a buy-the-rumor buy-the-news phenomenon.” The recent price dip may be seen as a chance to accumulate Bitcoin at lower prices.

Looking ahead, the market will be watching for signs of whether the ETF inflows can overcome the selling pressure from sources like the German government and potentially Mt. Gox repayments. The latter refers to the expected distribution of Bitcoin to creditors of the defunct exchange, which could introduce additional supply to the market.