Amidst the regulatory scrutiny and enforcement actions faced by the cryptocurrency industry, Bitcoin (BTC), the leading cryptocurrency by trading volume, has remained resilient and maintained its consolidation level between $36,000 and $37,000. It reached a new record for the year, surging to a new yearly high of $38,390 on Friday.
$312 Million Inflows Amid Spot-Based ETF Expectations
The latest report from CoinShares provides further evidence of Bitcoin’s robustness. Despite concerns that the regulatory feud involving Binance might trigger a sell-off of BTC, the report reveals a significant influx of capital into digital asset investment products.
Last week, these products witnessed a notable inflow of $346 million, marking the largest weekly inflows observed during a nine-week consecutive run.
The CoinShares report highlights that the surge in inflows can be attributed to the anticipation surrounding the potential launch of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States, which has been eagerly awaited by investors but delayed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Interestingly, this surge is the largest since the bull market of late 2021. CoinShares reports that the combination of rising prices and inflows has pushed total Assets Under Management (AuM) to $45.3 billion, the highest level seen in over a year and a half.
Bitcoin’s inflows last week amounted to $312 million, bringing year-to-date inflows to just over $1.5 billion. Meanwhile, short-sellers are capitulating, with outflows totaling $0.9 million for the third consecutive week.
Since the peak in April 2023, AuM has declined by 61%. The use of exchange-traded Products (ETPs) to gain exposure to the asset class remains significant, with ETP volumes representing 18% of total spot Bitcoin volumes last week.
Ethereum (ETH) also experienced a positive shift in sentiment, with inflows of $34 million last week and a four-week run of $103 million. This marks a turnaround from the outflows observed earlier this year.
Furthermore, other cryptocurrencies such as Solana (SOL), Polkadot (DOT), and Chainlink (LINK) saw inflows totaling $3.5 million, $0.8 million, and $0.6 million, respectively.
Ichimoku Cloud Predicts Bitcoin Surge To $43,000
In a bold prediction backed by technical analysis, renowned crypto analyst “Crypto Con” suggests that Bitcoin (BTC) is poised for a significant surge in the coming weeks.
Crypto Con claims to have accurately predicted BTC’s previous rise to $38,000 two months before it occurred, using the weekly Ichimoku cloud. Now all eyes are on the completion of the current upward move, with the initial target set at $43,000.
For further context, the Ichimoku cloud is a popular technical indicator used to gauge potential future price trends and identify key support and resistance levels. According to Crypto Con, the weekly Ichimoku cloud has projected a bullish cross shortly, indicating that Bitcoin’s upward trajectory is far from over.
Based on historical data, Crypto Con notes that the completion of previous Bitcoin rallies following a similar cross has taken anywhere from 7 to 11 weeks, with an average duration of 10 weeks. Consequently, the analyst expects the current move to culminate in early January.
When the rise reaches its peak, Crypto Con suggests that the top of the red cloud, a key feature of the Ichimoku cloud, becomes the primary target. While the analyst identifies $43,200 as the most conservative level for this target, Crypto Con asserts that the red cloud’s true top could reach as high as $48,000.
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