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Feb 02, 2024

Market Recap: Spot ETFs Ignite Fund Inflows as Prices Idle

Key takeaways for the month:

  • This month marked a major milestone for digital assets as the SEC approved the first series of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. market. The initial launch of these products was met with tremendous demand with total net inflows surpassing $1.4 billion and assets under management for the newly launched cohort of funds exceeding $7.3 billion. However, despite the ETFs, Bitcoin prices ended the month relatively flat after already appreciating over 80% since the summer. Overall market performance was subdued, with the CF Free-Float Broad Cap Index nearly unchanged at -1.3%, while the CF Ultra Cap 5 Index of mega caps outperformed. Lagging market segments included the CF Digital Culture Index, down 12.2%, and the CF Blockchain Infrastructure Index, which fell 9.0%.
  • The monthly top performing protocols displayed a wide variance in performance, with returns spanning 0.2% to 15.5% across Maker, Ethereum Classic, Chiliz, Stacks and Chainlink. On the flip side, underperformers like Fantom, Curve DAO Token, Filecoin, Synthetix and Algorand posted steep declines that stretched from -25.57% to -31.11% for the month.
  • Institutional interest in digital assets continued on its upward climb as evidenced by a near-record of monthly inflows with the launch of the first series of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. market. Additionally, total open interest for Bitcoin and Ether futures rose 1.3% and 9.2% (respectively) from the previous month. Lastly, CME Bitcoin open interest hit a new all-time high of 26,846 contracts, further underscoring surging institutional demand.

Monthly Index Performance

Source: CF Benchmarks, Bloomberg, as of January 31, 2024

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