Spot Bitcoin ETFs record notable volume on day 1 — BTC price nearly hits $49K


After eagerly waiting for nearly 10 years, traders finally saw the first-ever spot Bitcoin ETF approved by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 10 and ETF trading began at the opening bell on less than 24-hours later.

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund (BRRR), Bitwise (BITB) and ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF, among others, have begun trading.

The first few hours of trading swa high trading volume coming in. Bloomberg Bitcoin ETF analysts made a similar observation, saying:

“Wow, only 20 min into trading and the volume is big with HALF A BILLION traded for the group (ex GBTC too) (outpacing $BITO by a lot) led by $IBIT (which is near lock to pass $1b) and $FBTC. Imp to note almost all the volume in the first few days will convert to inflows.”

In early trading, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust rose nearly 6%, while the iShares Bitcoin Trust jumped more than 4%.

At the time of writing, GBTC was the biggest of the group accounting for “40% of the total volume” which crossed the $1 billion mark within the first two hours of trading.

The Grayscale fund was converted from an over-the-counter trust that already had more than $28 billion in assets.

The Hashdex fund is a strategy change from an existing Bitcoin futures ETF. However, the change had not yet taken effect as of Thursday morning, as per SEC filings.

The regulator approved 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs, paving the way for investments in the world’s biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization without the risk of holding the digital token directly.

Meanwhile, charting platform TradingView has added support for the spot Bitcoin ETFs using price tickers of the issuers making it possible for traders to easily follow and analyze their performance.

The wider crypto market surges alongside Bitcoin ETF trading volumes

As the spot Bitcoin ETFs began trading, crypto prices started turning up with Bitcoin (BTC) soaring more than 2.7% on the day, according to data from CoinMarketCap. At some point, big crypto rose above $49,000 before correcting to the current price.

The totall crypto market capitalization is at $1.76 trillion, up 3.57% over the last 24 hours.

Performance of top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Source: CoinMarketCap

Market participants will continue watching Bitcoin ETFs closely to see how they perform but also how well they correlate with BTC price.

A negative correlation between the price of a fund and the price of the underlying assets that lasts for several days could be a sign of thin trading or structural issues with an ETF. This mightintimidate potential buyers, even if the fund is temporarily outperforming spot Bitcoin.