Digital asset and crypto investment products saw a second consecutive week of negligible inflows this past week, amounting to $15 million.
These inflows enabled total crypto assets under management (AuM) to recover from their year-and-a-half lows to $36.2 billion, according to the latest CoinShares report. While still positive, these inflows were even lower than the week prior’s $64 million.
Regionally, North American saw the majority of inflows. For instance, U.S. crypto exchanges saw inflows amounting to $8.2 million, with 76% notably comprising short positions. Additionally, Canada saw inflows of $7.1 million. Among European countries, Switzerland stood alone with inflows of $1.9 million.
Similar to last week, inflows into short-Bitcoin products outmatched those for long-Bitcoin products some $6.3 million to $1.7 million. The week prior, short-Bitcoin investment products saw a record $61 million in inflows. However, according to the report, “short position inflows are beginning to cool off, while recent price appreciation in Bitcoin prices has pushed down AuM down from a peak of $140 million to $127 million last week.”
Meanwhile, Ethereum-based products saw inflows for a third consecutive week totaling $7.6 million. Following 11 consecutive weeks of outflows, this three-week run suggests a modest turnaround in sentiment, according to the report. At its peak, year-to-date outflows for Ethereum-based products amounted to $460 million. The report ascribed the improved sentiment to the increasing probability of the Merge, in which Ethereum will migrate from a proof-of-work protocol to a proof-of-stake protocol, which has been years in the making.
Multi-asset investment products have seen a similar short term change of luck. While these products had only experienced minor outflows during two weeks of the year so far, last week they say minor outflows amounting to $2.2 million. Other altcoin-based products have remained remarkably inactive this month so far, with minor outflows totalling $300,000.