The bearish market trend seems to be persistent, as negative sentiment among institutional investors continues for the third consecutive week. According to a recent report by CoinShares, digital asset investment products experienced $54 million dollars in outflows last week, displaying an improvement from the $72 million outflows observed during the last week of April.
CoinShares, a digital asset investment firm, monitors the investment activities of prominent exchange-traded products, mutual funds and over-the-counter (OTC) trusts in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and other altcoins, and publishes its findings in a weekly report. Interestingly, the most significant selling pressure comes from outside the US, with countries like Germany and Canada witnessing $27 million and $20 million dollars worth of outflows, respectively. The report highlights that the majority of the outflows could be attributed to fund issuers 3iQ Corp in Canada and CoinShares Physical in Europe.
James Butterfill, Head of Research for CoinShares, explained that while the broader cryptocurrency industry’s volumes are at half of what they were at the start of 2023, the interest in investment products is experiencing a downward trend, sitting at only 16% of what they were last year. Over the past week, Bitcoin has been the primary focus of selling for large investors, with outflows nearing $32 million dollars. Although the sentiment in the United States has turned positive, the asset observed a record weekly short interest of $23 million, mainly driven by European and Canadian funds.
In contrast, activity in altcoins has been scanty over the past week. Ethereum experienced $2.3 million dollars worth of outflows, while Solana saw $3.4 million worth of deposits – marking the second-largest weekly inflow of capital into SOL-based funds in the past twelve months. This recent selling trend aligns with a survey conducted byGoldman Sachs, which showed a declining interest in the cryptocurrency market among the ultra-rich.
However, despite the outflows indicating institutional activity, Bitcoin’s price has managed to remain relatively stable, with only a modest 1.6% loss over the past 30 days, as per Coingecko data. This fact raises many questions about the market’s resilience and the impact of these outflows on the long-term stability of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. With skeptics voicing their concerns over the increasing volatility and uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrencies, it is crucial to weigh the potential risks against the potential rewards to make informed decisions in this rapidly evolving market.