Bitcoin Poised for One of Its Worst Weeks in 2024 Amid ETF Demand Downturn


Bitcoin has experienced a decline of over 10% from its recent all-time high, reflecting a decrease in interest for newly established spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Strategists at JPMorgan Chase and Co. have cautioned that this pullback could continue.

The group of 10 spot Bitcoin ETFs is currently witnessing its largest weekly outflow since its introduction on January 11. Concurrently, Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, is on track for one of its most challenging weeks of the year following a 6% downturn. On Friday, the token was down 2.7% to $63,675.

JPMorgan strategists reiterated their view that Bitcoin appears overbought, reiterating a prediction made in February for further declines leading up to April’s eagerly awaited halving event, which will reduce the supply of newly minted Bitcoin from miners.

The continuous interest seen in CME Bitcoin futures, along with the diminishing flows in ETFs, stands as notable bearish signs for Bitcoin’s price, as highlighted by strategists headed by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou in a note issued on Thursday.

The slowdown in net inflows into spot Bitcoin ETFs challenges the perception of a continuous one-way net inflow, particularly as the halving event approaches. This trend of profit-taking is expected to persist, especially considering the overbought positioning backdrop, despite the recent correction.

Last month, JPMorgan forecasted a decline in Bitcoin’s price towards $42,000 post-April as the euphoria induced by the halving event subsides.

From Monday through Thursday, a net $836 million was withdrawn from the ETFs, reflecting outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust and a decrease in subscriptions for competing offerings from BlackRock Inc. and Fidelity Investments.

While the ETF category has seen net inflows of $11.3 billion to date, marking one of the most successful debuts for an ETF category, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which transitioned into an ETF, has experienced $13.6 billion in outflows.

Despite Bitcoin reaching a record high of almost $73,798 on March 14, retail traders’ enthusiasm may be waning, according to Naeem Aslam, chief investment officer at Zaye Capital Markets. Aslam expressed concerns about the rally’s strength post-all-time high and emphasized the significance of the upcoming halving event in maintaining momentum. However, failure to sustain this momentum could lead to a significant retracement, potentially dropping below $50,000.

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