Institutional interest in crypto continues
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Bitcoin approached US$38K but ended up pulling back along with the broader crypto market over the seven days to 19 November, as enthusiasm for spot bitcoin ETFs starts to wane. Bitcoin was trading at US$36,622, with Ethereum underperforming, down 4.46% vs bitcoin’s 1.46% decrease. Bitcoin’s market capitalisation declined to US$715.8 billion, with the total crypto market cap at US$1.39 trillion. Bitcoin’s market dominance is 51.4%.
|Price||High||Low||Change from previous week|
|BTC (in US$)||$36,622||$37,854||$35,299||-1.46%|
|ETH (in US$)||$1,963||$2,112||$1,915||-4.46%|
Source: CoinMarketCap. As at 19 November 2023. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Performance is shown in US dollars and does not take into account any USD/AUD currency movements.
Crypto news we’re watching
BlackRock files for spot Ethereum ETF
The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, has filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its iShares Ethereum Trust, which will be a spot ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF). BlackRock is currently awaiting a decision from the SEC on its outstanding spot bitcoin ETF application.1
The application illustrates the commitment BlackRock has to digital assets, along with several other asset managers also looking to release ETF products over bitcoin and Ethereum. The launch of spot bitcoin ETFs is expected to make the asset class more accessible to the average investor.
Institutions remain committed to crypto
A survey commissioned by Coinbase, and conducted between 19 October and 6 November 2023 with 250 US institutions including venture capital firms, hedge funds, family offices, pension funds, foundations, and endowments, indicates that institutions remain committed to crypto.
Results from surveyed participants show 64% of current crypto investors expect to increase allocations in the next three years, while 45% without any crypto allocations expect to allocate within the next three years. 57% believe prices will increase within the next 12 months, compared to just 8% who held that view in October 2022.
The results suggest optimism among institutions about the future of cryptocurrencies and their resilience to systematic dislocations over the last year.2
Galaxy announces Q3 2023 financial results
Galaxy announced financial results for the 3-month period ending 30 September 2023. Due to the increase in crypto asset prices, market volatility and an increase in trading volumes, equity capital increased to approx. US$1.5 billion, and assets under management increased to $3.9 billion, up from $1.4 billion quarter-on-quarter. The company had a net loss of $94 million, an increase from $46 million in the previous quarter.3 The price of Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd is up almost 100% year-to-date.
Galaxy Digital is a digital asset and blockchain leader providing access to the growing digital economy. Galaxy Digital is currently held in the Betashares Crypto Innovators ETF (ASX: CRYP).
Bitcoin: Percent of Supply in Profit
This metric displays the percentage of circulating supply in profit i.e. the percentage of existing coins whose price at the time they last moved was lower than the current price.
Source: Glassnode. Past performance is not indicative of future performance.
This metric shows the bundle of all active supply age bands, aka HODL waves. Each coloured band shows the percentage of Bitcoin in existence that was last moved within the time period denoted in the legend.
According to data from Glassnode, 70% of supply has been held by investors for a year or longer.
The top-performing Top 20 altcoin over the seven days to 19 November was Avalanche (AVAX), returning just over 20%, 135% in the last 30 days, and 69% over the last 365 days. Helping push the price higher was increased adoption and network activity through the newly launched GameFi subnets. A subnet (subnetwork) is a dynamic set of validators working together to achieve consensus on the state of a set of blockchains4.
According to the Avalanche website, Avalanche is a smart contracts platform that scales infinitely and regularly finalises transactions in less than one second.
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Investing in crypto assets or crypto-focused companies is not suitable for all investors and should only be considered by investors who (i) fully understand their features and risks or after consulting a professional financial adviser, and (ii) who have a very high tolerance for risk and the capacity to absorb a rapid loss of some or all of their investment. Any investment in crypto assets or crypto- focused companies should only be considered as a very small component of an investor’s overall portfolio.
Past performance is not indicative of future performance.
Off the Chain is published every second Tuesday. It provides the latest news on bitcoin and the rest of the crypto market, along with analysis and insights into the world of crypto.
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