The much-anticipated launch of Spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States has garnered massive attention. However, a closer look at the data reveals an unexpected twist – while the trading volume soared to $4.6 billion, there were virtually zero new inflows into these ETFs on their debut. Let’s figure out together, Hodlers, what this means, how it happened, and what to do about it.

A Strong Start, But No New Inflows

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted approval for all 11 spot Bitcoin ETF issuers, including industry giants like BlackRock and Grayscale, to list and trade their products on January 10. The initial excitement translated into impressive trading volume, with approximately $4.6 billion worth of shares changing hands on the first day. It seemed like a roaring success.


However, Ran Neuner, co-founder of Onchain Capital and founder of Crypto Banter, has offered a different perspective. He pointed out that while the total trading volume was indeed $4.6 billion, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) alone accounted for $2.3 billion, most of which were sales and outflows. Neuner suggests that when you scrutinize the data closely, the real numbers reveal close to zero new inflows into these ETFs.

Source: TradingView

GBTC’s Role

The bulk of the trading volume appears to involve selling GBTC and buying other spot Bitcoin ETFs. GBTC has been a popular choice for investors, but its higher fees (1.5%) and the locking up of old Bitcoin may have led to this trading activity. Consequently, the net effect on new inflows into the market remains negligible.

Despite the lukewarm start in terms of new inflows, experts like Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart remain optimistic about the potential demand for spot Bitcoin ETFs throughout the year. The market’s enthusiasm for these investment vehicles may still be in its early stages, and future developments could reshape the landscape.

Bitcoin’s Price Fluctuations

Meanwhile, amidst the ETF launch and trading activity, Bitcoin’s price experienced a rollercoaster ride. It briefly touched the $49,000 mark but swiftly retreated to around $46,000 within three hours. As of now, Bitcoin is trading at $45,991. While analysts anticipate the price hitting $50,000, they also expect continued volatility and fluctuations driven by market sentiment.



The debut of Spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US market was undoubtedly met with enthusiasm, as evidenced by the staggering trading volume. However, the absence of substantial new inflows raises questions about the long-term impact of these ETFs.

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As Bitcoin’s price continues to oscillate, it remains to be seen how investors will navigate this evolving landscape in the coming weeks and months.

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