Q1 institutional inflow breaks all previous records: CoinShares.
Despite signs of weakening institutional demand, which triggered fierce market-wide, crypto-asset funds and investment products have reached a milestone after hitting a record of $4.2 billion inflows already in the first quarter of the year. This was revealed by the latest CoinShares weekly report.
There are 15 more days to go and with the sudden drop in Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market, it is speculated that more capital could be essentially be poured in to buy the dip.
Coming back to the stats shared by CoinShares, digital asset investment products closed on Friday with $55.8 billion assets under management. This was accompanied by the weekend bullish when Bitcoin established a fresh ATH nearing $62K. This reflected the institutional demand that had earlier surged to levels never seen before.
Despite the fact that Bitcoin has been the clear winner amongst the investors, Ethereum has also gained its fair share of popularity among the institutional market participants. Inflows to Bitcoin was found to be at $3.3 billion, while that of Ethereum stood at $731 million. The world’s largest altcoin tuned in an inflow of $113 million last week which comprised almost 50% of total flows.
Grayscale Lead, CoinShares Seals 2nd Spot
Out of the five digital asset investment providers, Grayscale Investment led the score with the total AUM of $43.72 billion, followed by CoinShares with $4.89 billion, 3iQ with 1.66 billion, ETC issuance with $1.21 billion, and 21Shares with $1.11 billion.
The recently launched Purpose Bitcoin fund, on the other hand, was found to be in the sixth position with $517 million in AUM according to CoinShares.
The inflows of the first quarter of 2021 surpassed the previous record of $3.9 billion that was seen in the fourth quarter of 2020.
CoinShares’ analysis also revealed that market participants continued to opt for investment providers that simply track the price of cryptocurrency assets over those that have active management strategies. These are known as passive funds. This sector has amassed an AUM of a whopping $54.1 billion, as opposed to $786 million for those with active strategies.