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Pro traders cash in Bitcoin bets to trigger first crypto fund outflows since October

Pro traders cash in Bitcoin bets to trigger first crypto fund outflows since October
Profit-taking pro traders drove outflows from crypto funds after weeks of inflows amid Bitcoin ETF hype. Credit: Xinhua/Shutterstock
  • Digital asset investment products experienced net outflows last week for the first time since October.
  • The $16 million in net outflows was likely due to profit-taking, CoinShares said.

Digital asset fund flows posted $16 million in outflows last week, breaking a streak of 11 weeks of inflows.

Trading volume soars

Outflows from digital asset investment funds were driven by profit-taking, rather than a “turn in sentiment,” CoinShares head of research James Butterfill said in a report on Monday.

Trading activity remained elevated, with over $3.5 billion for the week — well above the year-to-date average of $1.6 billion.

Crypto prices climbed higher at the beginning of December, buoyed by hopes that spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds will win approval in the US.

The majority of outflows came from Bitcoin funds, where $33 million exited funds.

Outflows were offset by altcoins, with products tracking the likes of Solana’s SOL and Cardano’s ADA experiencing large inflows. Solana products saw $10.6 million in inflows last week, while Cardano-linked funds had $3 million in inflows.

Inflows into funds in Canada and Switzerland also helped to offset outflows from US-based funds.

The world’s largest spot Bitcoin ETF, the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, saw its assets under management jump 60% this year. The fund had nearly $1.5 billion in AUM as of Friday, according to CoinGlass data.

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The explosion in Canadian ETFs can be used as a proxy for what will follow in the “massive” US market, Eric Balchunas, an ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, told DL News earlier this month.

Crypto market movers

  • Bitcoin fell 1.4% since Sunday to trade around $41,000.
  • Ethereum followed Bitcoin lower, dropping 1.8% to below $2,200 down 1.8%.

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Adam Morgan McCarthy is DL News’ London-based Markets Correspondent. Got a tip? Reach out at