Bitcoin ETFs Recorded 5 Days of Outflows Before Halving

Bitcoin enthusiasts around the world are celebrating a significant milestone in the Bitcoin world – the 4th halving event. Scheduled to happen roughly every four years, this event has far-reaching implications for the market and its investors. In the days leading up to the event, US Spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds have been witnessing consecutive days of outflows.

Spot Bitcoin ETF Outflows Ahead of Halving

Just before the halving took place, there was a noticeable trend of outflows from Bitcoin ETFs. According to recent reports, over $319 million has been withdrawn from U.S.-based Bitcoin ETFs since April 12. Grayscale’s GBTC, a prominent player in the market, has been a significant contributor to this trend, experiencing substantial outflows.

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Matrixport, a leading authority in the Bitcoin market, highlighted the slowdown in key liquidity drivers for bitcoin, including stablecoin growth and inflows into U.S.-listed Bitcoin ETFs. Despite expectations of a bullish market sentiment surrounding the halving, the recent price pullbacks and mixed analyst predictions suggest uncertainty about its immediate impact on prices.

Matrixport said:

“Key liquidity drivers, such as stablecoin growth and US-listed Bitcoin ETF inflows, have slowed down – as we have mentioned for several weeks. ETF flows peaked on March 12, and four consecutive days of net outflows have recently been seen. Demand for US-listed Bitcoin ETFs appears saturated, as even a 10-15% decline in Bitcoin prices has not increased net inflows.”

Matrixport noted that despite geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, which typically prompt investors to allocate into Bitcoin as a safe-haven asset, bitcoin’s price didn’t rise as expected. This situation tested Bitcoin’s status as a risk-off asset, but it somewhat failed the test as its price stagnated and even decreased instead of increasing.

Bitcoin’s Spot ETFs and Market Dynamics

Similarly, Bitcoin’s spot ETFs have registered a streak of withdrawals ahead of the halving. The U.S. spot ETFs saw net outflows totaling $4.3 million on Thursday, with a cumulative outflow exceeding $319 million since April 12. Grayscale’s GBTC, once again, played a significant role in these outflows.

Despite the outflows, there were inflows into other ETFs like Fidelity’s FBTC and BlackRock’s IBIT, albeit not enough to offset the larger trend of withdrawals. BlackRock’s IBIT, in particular, experienced a significant drop in inflows, indicating a potentially saturated demand for U.S.-listed Bitcoin ETFs.

Anticipation Surrounding Bitcoin’s Halving

Bitcoin’s halving event, which reduces miner rewards by 50%, was executed by the network yesterday evening, and effectively cut the new block rewards down to 3.125 BTC. Scheduled against a backdrop of high inflation and interest rates, this halving differs significantly from previous ones. While some experts predict a post-halving price rally, others, including analysts from JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, caution against expecting significant price increases, suggesting that the market may have already priced in the event.

JP Morgan analysts said:

“We do not expect bitcoin price increases post halving as it has been already priced in.”

Andrew O’Neill, a digital asset analyst at S&P Global, remarked that he was “somewhat skeptical of the lessons that can be taken in terms of price prediction from previous halvings.” He added:

“It’s only one factor in a multitude of factors that can drive price.”

Chris Gannatti, Global Head of Research at WisdomTree, highlights the significance of the halving, calling it “one of the biggest events in crypto this year.” However, skeptics view it as just a little technical change inflated by speculators to boost the digital asset’s price.

Bitcoin ETF Outflows and Market Response

The recent trend of Bitcoin ETF outflows has coincided with a decline in bitcoin’s price, which currently trades around $63,700, down 13% from last month’s highs. Despite this, institutional investors, particularly BlackRock, continue to show interest in the market. BlackRock’s continuous inflow into spot Bitcoin ETFs signals ongoing institutional buying activity, which suggests that the market cycle may still have room to grow.

According to analyst Michael van de Poppe, although bitcoin’s price is experiencing a decline, the continuous inflow from institutions like BlackRock remains positive. This trend indicates a potential phase of sideways movement, with decreasing volatility seen as a positive indicator for the market.

The bearish divergence is still valid for #Bitcoin.

I’m expecting us to be bottoming really soon, probably have done so or will be next week and are going for a period of sideways action.

The volatility is slowing down and that’s a great sign.

— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) March 22, 2024


As Bitcoiners around the world celebrate bitcoin’s 4th halving event, the Bitcoin market is abuzz with anticipation and speculation. While recent trends of Bitcoin ETF outflows may have raised concerns, the continuous institutional interest suggests underlying confidence in the market’s future. Whether the halving will lead to a significant price rally remains to be seen, but one thing is certain – the world of Bitcoin is always full of surprises.

With each halving, bitcoin’s limited supply becomes more pronounced, underscoring its value as a scarce digital asset. As we navigate through these uncertain times, many believe that the halving event represents a pivotal moment in the ongoing evolution of Bitcoin and the wider digital asset ecosystem.