Bitcoin ETF inflows hit $562M as BTC price eyes new ATH

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Bitcoin ETFs see over half a billion dollars in net inflows, outpacing the current market supply of Bitcoin 10 times.

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Bitcoin ETF inflows hit $562M as BTC price eyes new ATH

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United States-based spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF) saw net inflows of $562 million on March 4, as the BTC price breached $68,000, with the cryptocurrency’s edging ever closer to its all-time high of about $69,000. This marked the third-largest day of inflows to spot Bitcoin ETFs since they started trading on Jan. 11.

The March 4 inflows came despite outflows from multiple smaller players and the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). GBTC saw $368 million in outflows on the day. BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust recorded the largest inflows of $420 million, followed by Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust at $404 million. The net inflows into spot Bitcoin ETFs on the day were 10 times the amount of new BTC added to the supply through mining activities.

Bitcoin ETFs net inflows. Source: SoSo Value

Spot Bitcoin ETF trading volume peaked at $5.5 billion in total on March 4, making it the second-highest volume day since the products launched. The high trading volume and institutional demand mean spot Bitcoin ETFs, exchange-traded products and trackers now handle around 1 million BTC — roughly 5.13% of the total BTC circulating supply. A bulk of the 1 million BTC, nearly 83% is managed U.S. based spot and futures ETF, according to a report published by K33 research.

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In the two months since their launch, spot Bitcoin ETFs have seen net inflows of $7.5 billion worth of BTC despite over $9 billion in outflows. BlackRock’s IBIT has already reached $10 billion in assets under management. In contrast, gold ETFs took nearly two years to reach that figure.

Bitcoin and gold ETF flows comparison. Source: Jeff Kirdeikis on X

Bitcoin ETFs might see increased demand in the coming days, with BlackRock filing to purchase BTC for its Strategic Income Opportunities Fund. With the Bitcoin halving scheduled for next month, the daily supply of new BTC will be reduced by half despite a current market demand already exceeding new supply by 10x, which could act as a catalyst for a further BTC price increase.

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