Goldman Sachs Still Bullish on Bitcoin Despite Drop to $60,000

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In Brief

  • Goldman Sachs remains optimistic about Bitcoin, even as its price falls to $60,000, citing increased institutional interest.
  • At the Digital Asset Summit, Mathew McDermott noted a "psychological shift" with the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs.
  • Despite recent outflows from Bitcoin ETFs, Goldman Sachs sees institutional players becoming more active.
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Goldman Sachs continues to back Bitcoin, even after its value slipped to $60,000. The investment giant’s digital assets chief, Mathew McDermott, has noted a significant shift.

Now, more institutional investors are entering the crypto market, previously led by retail investors.

Why Goldman Sachs is Bullish on Bitcoin

At the Digital Asset Summit in London, McDermott shed light on the changing tide of investment. Despite a recent fall in Bitcoin’s price from a high of nearly $73,798 to around $63,000, institutional interest has surged. This interest is evident in the fluctuating dynamics of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Early January saw the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs, marking a pivotal change. McDermott referred to this as a “psychological shift” in investor sentiment.

Since launching its crypto trading desk in 2021, Goldman Sachs has been a key player in the digital assets field. This reflects the growing institutional interest in cryptocurrency. Despite market volatility, McDermott observed a notable change in client profiles and investment volumes.

“The price action has still been driven by retails primarily. But it’s the institutions that we’ve started to see come in,” McDermott said

Initially, these ETFs attracted substantial capital, with a total net inflow of $11.7 billion. However, recent data shows a decline in enthusiasm, with significant outflows in major ETFs. For example, on Tuesday, there was a net outflow of approximately $326.2 million from Bitcoin ETFs

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Demand for US Spot Bitcoin ETFs
Demand for US Spot Bitcoin ETFs. Source: Bloomberg

Specifically, BlackRock’s spot Bitcoin ETF registered inflows of only $75.2 million, and Fidelity’s ETF saw $39.6 million. Other ETFs had minimal inflows or none, with Grayscale’s GBTC experiencing outflows of $443.5 million.

Amidst the outflow, the price of Bitcoin briefly touched $60,500 levels on Wednesday. This caused liquidations of over $430 million in the past 24 hours.

The recent behavior of these ETFs, with fluctuating inflows and significant outflows, suggests a cautious stance among investors. This caution stems from broader economic uncertainties, including debates over the Federal Reserve’s interest rate strategies.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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