The weekly cryptocurrency asset flows for the week ending August 4th have shown a continued decline, reaching a total of $107 million in outflows. This negative trend has been ongoing for the past three weeks and amounts to a total outflow of $134.8 million.
Dominance of Bitcoin Outflows
Bitcoin (BTC) remains the dominant player in these outflows, with $111 million leaving Bitcoin funds. This significant outflow of funds has negated the majority of inflows seen during the week. It is important to note that this is attributed to “profit taking” by investors who are capitalizing on the gains from the previous cycle.
Inflows and Trading Volumes
Leading up to the recent outflows, there were inflows of $742 million into various crypto funds. However, 99% of these inflows were directed towards Bitcoin. Furthermore, the report states that weekly trading volumes in investment products have dipped below the year-to-date average. In fact, on-exchange market volumes have decreased by 62% compared to the relative average.
When it comes to regional variations, only Australia and the United States recorded inflows, with $0.3 million and $0.2 million respectively. On the other hand, the largest outflows were observed in Canada, with $70.8 million, and Germany, with $28.5 million. These regional differences highlight the varying levels of investor sentiment and market activity in different parts of the world.
Despite the overall outflows, there were some positive contributions to the weekly total. Solana (SOL) saw inflows of $9.5 million, a significant increase from the previous week’s $0.6 million influx. Similarly, XRP (XRP) investment products also experienced inflows, albeit in smaller amounts totaling $0.5 million. These inflows into alternative cryptocurrencies indicate a more diverse investment landscape.
Continued Negative Trend for Ether
The negative trend for Ether (ETH) funds persists, with an additional $5.9 million in outflows compared to the previous week’s $1.9 million. These outflows completely offset the prior inflows of $6.6 million and further distance Ethereum from Solana’s bullish trend.
Market Uncertainty and Bitcoin Sideways Movement
Despite Bitcoin’s overall positive year-to-date performance, experts believe that the perceived sideways movement, which has kept its price mostly below $30,000 since April, is a result of market uncertainty. This uncertainty may be stemming from various factors, such as the 2022 implosion of FTX and regulatory/legal concerns surrounding other exchanges. These uncertainties could be driving investors to increase their cash holdings instead of fully investing in cryptocurrency funds, which could be contributing to the current decline in asset flows.
According to a report from Switzerland-based investment adviser 21e6 Capital AG, Bitcoin “hodlers,” or those who held funds in BTC, outperformed crypto funds by 69% in the first half of 2023. However, the same report highlights a slightly improved investor sentiment compared to the first half of that year. This suggests that despite the decline in cryptocurrency asset flows, there is still optimism among investors for the future of the market.
The weekly cryptocurrency asset flows reveal a consistent decline, largely driven by significant outflows from Bitcoin funds. While there have been some inflows into alternative cryptocurrencies like Solana and XRP, the negative trend in Ether funds reinforces its separation from the bullish trend of other cryptocurrencies. The decline in asset flows may be attributed to market uncertainties and investor preferences for holding cash instead of fully investing in cryptocurrency funds. Regardless of this decline, investor sentiment remains cautiously optimistic, indicating potential growth opportunities in the future.