Ethereum has recently made its way into the radar of institutional investors. More big money has been flowing into the digital asset in recent months following the success of decentralized finance (DeFi). With this much money coming in from institutional investors, the value of ETH has seen significant growth in the past couple of months. Data shows that institutional investors are getting into Ethereum as early as possible, eliminating the possibility of “missing the bus” when the cryptocurrency eventually becomes an important part of traditional finance markets.
Ethereum being more valuable than top cryptocurrency bitcoin is a hotly debated topic in the crypto space. Despite being the most valuable, JPMorgan analysts have put forward that institutional investors are moving away from bitcoin and taking more positions in ETH. As crashes have rocked the market, the value of bitcoin has taken numerous hits. And with these have come a relaxation of the highly confident price predictions made for the asset.
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Institutional Investors Turn Away From Bitcoin Futures
Restrictions on the purchase of actual cryptocurrencies have left institutional investors trading on crypto futures. Bitcoin futures have seen much interest from the big investors who do not have to invest directly in cryptocurrencies. But recent data shows that these big-time investors are beginning to exit from Bitcoin futures in favor of investing in Ethereum futures.
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JPMorgan analysts released a note that contained their findings for the cryptocurrency market. According to the analysts, the decreased interest in bitcoin futures did not spell good news for the digital asset. Explaining further, the analysts said, “This is a setback for bitcoin and a reflection of weak demand by institutional investors that tend to use regulated CME futures contracts to gain exposure to bitcoin.”
Bitcoin futures have consistently traded below the actual market price of the cryptocurrency on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as institutional investors pull out and begin to stake on Ethereum.
Ethereum Currently Overvalued
Last week, a JPMorgan analyst had pointed out that at its current price, Ethereum is currently overvalued. The analyst put the digital asset’s value at $1,500, about 55% less than its current trading range. But it seems that despite this low fair valuation, ETH is still beating out top coin bitcoin for big money coming into the market. Ethereum has also held up better in the face of recent market crashes.
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While bitcoin futures prices have dropped below the asset’s trading price, Ethereum futures have risen relative to the asset’s market price. Reports show that between the months of August and September, the price of Ethereum futures has risen 1% over the actual price of Ethereum. “This points to much healthier demand for Ethereum versus Bitcoin by institutional investors,” said the analysts.
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