ARK Shifts Strategy; JPMorgan CEO Criticizes Bitcoin; Bitcoin ETF Net Inflows Near $1B

Written by BTSE

January 18, 2024

Starting in Asia this morning, altcoins grabbed the limelight overnight. Chainlink’s LINK token in particular surged by 6%, following its integration with Circle’s cross-chain transfer protocol, highlighting the growing interest in cross-chain interoperability. Meanwhile, Bitcoin remained relatively stable at around the $42,700 mark, indicating a period of consolidation after the recent launch of spot ETFs in the U.S. Solana’s SOL also saw an uptick, increasing by 5% to over $100. These movements underscore the ever-evolving and diverse nature of the crypto market.


ARK Shifts Strategy with Bitcoin ETF Investments: ARK Invest, spearheaded by Cathie Wood, has reallocated nearly $15.9 million from the ProShares Futures ETF to its own spot Bitcoin ETF. This strategic move, involving the purchase of 365,427 shares of the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (ARKB), reflects a significant bet on the future of spot ETFs in the crypto market. Despite ARKB’s share price decline since its initial listing, ARK’s decision marks a clear shift in its investment strategy, favoring spot ETFs over futures. Could this move by a professional investment firm make spot Bitcoin ETFs more attractive to traders?


JPMorgan CEO Criticizes Bitcoin (Again): Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, has once again expressed his skepticism about Bitcoin, advising against its use and likening it to a “pet rock.” His comments, which include references to Bitcoin’s potential use in illicit activities, contrast with his more open stance towards other cryptocurrencies and their applications, such as asset tokenization. Dimon’s latest remarks continue to stir debate over the mainstream financial sector’s acceptance of Bitcoin – but are they likely to have any impact on the market?


Bitcoin ETF Net Inflows Near $1 Billion: Bitcoin ETFs have been a bit of a mixed bag in the market. While BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust and Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund have attracted significant inflows, Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust has been experiencing outflows. The new ETFs’ impact on Bitcoin’s price has been muted, with the cryptocurrency mostly hovering in the $42,000-$43,000 range. This begs the question: have Bitcoin ETFs lived up to the hype they had before approval?


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