This week’s highlights
- Institutions undeterred by Bitcoin volatility
- BlackRock eyes Bitcoin funds
Institutions undeterred by Bitcoin volatility
While NexTech surprisingly decided to book profits as doubts over the Bitcoin blockchain spooked the market, other institutional buyers were filling their pockets. MicroStrategy announced the purchase of an additional 314 BTC on Friday, taking their total hoard to 70,784 BTC, while Grayscale concurrently scooped up more than 8,000 BTC at the discount prices.
In the bigger picture, on-chain data from Glassnode shows the number of large accounts holding 1,000 or more Bitcoin increased as the price dropped, suggesting that big buyers were not deterred by market volatility. This corresponded with a new report, commissioned by eToro that was launched this week, which discusses the institutional adoption of crypto, forecasting that more institutions will warm up to crypto once the market cap hits $2T.
BlackRock eyes Bitcoin funds
The world’s largest asset manager looks set to wade into the Bitcoin market.
BlackRock, which oversees $8.7 trillion, has made filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a pair of funds that would offer clients exposure to Bitcoin through cash-settled futures.
While BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said in 2017 that Bitcoin was an “index of money laundering,” his views have since evolved. He told Bank of England governor Mark Carney in December that Bitcoin could “possibly” evolve into a global market.
The week ahead
Bitcoin’s pullback to just below $30K has historical precedent, with the cryptocurrency going through several ~30% corrections in previous bull markets.
And with Ethereum already brushing against all-time highs again, the outlook for the overall crypto market remains bullish.
On Friday, a record $4 billion worth of Bitcoin options contracts is set to expire. This is likely to spark another bout of volatility as traders rush to unwind their positions.
This post originally appeared on the eToro blog.