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One Month of Bitcoin ETFs, Many More To Go? A Comprehensive Analysis

By February 15, 20243 minute read

Key Highlights: 

  • During the inaugural month, daily net inflows for spot Bitcoin ETFs averaged an impressive $125 million.
  • Despite significant outflows, Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) retains prominence in the evolving landscape of crypto investments.
  • The entry of U.S. wealth managers and Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) is anticipated sooner than conventional expectations.

Excitement rippled through the financial markets just over a month ago when Traditional Finance (TradFi) finally secured regulatory approval to introduce a groundbreaking crypto investment vehicle. The long-awaited launch of spot bitcoin ETFs on January 11 marked a significant milestone in the crypto space, and the subsequent month has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride.

Let’s see how this one-month journey of Bitcoin ETFs has been so far.

Unveiling the Success: Impressive Inflows and Market Performance

Since their launch on January 11, the spot Bitcoin ETFs have exceeded expectations, consistently adding an average net value of $125 million worth of Bitcoin to their portfolios daily. This robust performance is particularly noteworthy considering the substantial outflows – over $6 billion – from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which boasts comparatively higher fees.

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Three standout ETFs – BlackRock’s IBIT, Fidelity’s FBTC, and Ark 21’s ARKB – have crossed the $1 billion mark in Assets Under Management (AUM). BlackRock’s IBIT, with an impressive AUM nearing $5 billion, has even secured a position among the top-performing ETFs across various sectors.

The success of these ETFs has been a significant factor in the recent resurgence of Bitcoin prices, culminating in a multi-year high above $50,000. This bullish trend has sparked interest and confidence among investors, further fueling the euphoria surrounding these novel investment instruments.

GBTC’s Dilemma: A Decline in AUM Amidst Competition

In contrast to the success of the newly launched ETFs, Grayscale’s GBTC has faced challenges as well. Originally a closed-end fund, GBTC transformed into a spot ETF last month, but its AUM has steadily declined from around $30 billion to just under $24 billion. Investors who purchased the fund before its ETF conversion are capitalizing on profits, contributing to its outflows.

Despite a management fee set at 1.50%, higher than its competitors, industry experts acknowledge GBTC’s pioneering role in the crypto space. The fund’s unique position as a trailblazer and its strong following among crypto natives may help it weather the storm and find stability in the evolving market.

Challenges and Future Projections: Navigating High Demand

The success of spot Bitcoin ETFs within the first month has led to a surge in demand, but it also poses challenges for the ecosystem. Daily net inflows necessitate the purchase of thousands of Bitcoins, surpassing the daily mining rate of approximately 900 tokens. The impending Bitcoin halving event in April, reducing daily mined tokens to 450, adds more complexity to this situation.

Despite the remarkable performance, major wealth management platforms have yet to integrate these ETFs fully into their offerings. As distribution expands, industry experts predict a significant uptick in demand. The current success is seen by some as merely the tip of the iceberg, with even more substantial growth expected as wealth managers and Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) conduct due diligence and gradually enter the market.

The due diligence process, typically taking around 90 trading days for novel products like Bitcoin ETFs, is expected to be expedited in this case. Wealth management firms in key locations, such as Florida and California, are already proactively engaging in due diligence. This accelerated timeline suggests that the floodgates for substantial investments might open sooner than the conventional six-month lag period.


The relative success of Bitcoin ETFs within their first month sets a promising tone for the future. As the market matures, distribution expands, and more players enter the space, the potential for sustained growth and the maturation of the Bitcoin ecosystem becomes increasingly evident.

Disclaimer: Cryptocurrency is not a legal tender and is currently unregulated. Kindly ensure that you undertake sufficient risk assessment when trading cryptocurrencies as they are often subject to high price volatility. The information provided in this section doesn't represent any investment advice or WazirX's official position. WazirX reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or change this blog post at any time and for any reasons without prior notice.
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Harshita Shrivastava

Harshita Shrivastava is an Associate Content Writer with WazirX. She did her graduation in E-Commerce and loved the concept of Digital Marketing. With a brief knowledge of SEO and Content Writing, she knows how to win her content game!

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