Almost $100M exits US crypto funds in anticipation of hawkish monetary policy


Institutional investors offloaded $101.5 million worth of digital asset products last week in ‘anticipation of hawkish monetary policy’ from the U.S. Federal Reserve according to CoinShares.

U.S. inflation rates hit 8.6% year-on-year at the end of May, marking a return to levels not seen since 1981. As a result, the market is expecting the Fed to take considerable action to reel in inflation, with some traders pricing in three more 0.5% rate hikes by October.

According to the latest edition of CoinShares’ weekly Digital Asset Fund Flows report, the outflows between June 6 and June 10 were primarily led by investors from the Americas at $98 million, while Europe accounted for just $2 million.

Products offering exposure to crypto’s top two assets, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), accounted for nearly all outflows at $56.8 million and $40.7 million a piece. The month-to-date figures also paint a grim figure at $91.1 million worth of outflows for BTC products and $72.3 million in total outflows for ETH products.

“What has pushed Bitcoin into a “crypto winter” over the last six months can by and large be explained as a direct result of an increasingly hawkish rhetoric from the US Federal Reserve.”

While CoinShares suggested that Bitcoin has been pushed into a crypto winter, the year-to-date (YTD) inflows for BTC investment products still stand at $450.8 million. In comparison, funds offering exposure to ETH have seen hefty YTD outflows of $386.5 million, suggesting the sentiment amongst institutional investors still heavily favors digital gold.

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The report also highlighted that the total assets under management (AUM) for Ether funds have “fallen from its peak of US$23bn in November 2021 to US$8.7bn” as of last week.

Notably, it appears that the institutional investors offloaded their BTC and ETH products before most of the latest price carnage happened to both assets.

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According to data from CoinGecko, between June 6 and June 10, the price of BTC and ETH dropped 4.7% and 5.9% each. However, since June 11, BTC and ETH have plunged around 25.7% and 33.2% respectively.

Apart from BTC and ETH outflows, multi-asset funds saw outflows of $4.7 million, and Short Bitcoin products posted minimal outflows of $200,000. At the same time, investors also “steered clear of adding to altcoin positions.”

Flows by Asset: CoinShares