The initial 10 minutes of trading saw a cumulative volume exceeding $2.3 billion, a record-setting figure likely to be propelled even higher by Bitcoin’s allure within a mere 6-hour timeframe. This volume surpasses previous daily records of $2.1 billion for other ETFs.
As anticipated, BlackRock’s IBIT, a spot Bitcoin ETF, attracted the most interest, with Bitcoin’s price recently breaching $48,969. Meanwhile, altcoins continue to experience double-digit growth, setting the stage for potential new highs for Bitcoin as trading volume increases.
The initial surge of excitement is expected to wane by tomorrow, potentially allowing Bitcoin to reach local peaks and pave the way for further gains in altcoins. Both BlackRock’s IBIT and Grayscale’s GBTC have been trending on Yahoo Finance, while Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Eric Balchunas highlighted the resilience and potential of ETFs.
Valkyrie’s co-founder and CIO, Steven McClurg, anticipates an influx of $200 to $400 million in investor funds for their ETF, with a total market entry of $4 to $5 billion expected in the first few weeks. Bitwise predicts the market could exceed $70 billion within five years, potentially adding $1 trillion to Bitcoin’s market value. However, investors should remain prepared for significant announcements, such as new BTC ETF-backed retirement fund products, while also being cautious of market volatility that could swiftly reverse gains.