Bitcoin ETFs Experience First Monthly Outflows

Bitcoin ETFs Experience First Monthly Outflows

Luisa Villa Lobos
2 min read

U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETFs Experience First Net Outflows

The U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs saw their first monthly net outflows since January, withdrawing $343.5 million in April, breaking a three-month inflow streak. Grayscale's GBTC fund led the outflows, with $2.5 billion exiting the ETF. Meanwhile, BlackRock's IBIT continued to dominate net inflows, attracting $1.5 billion in April, although its 71-day inflow streak ended on April 23. Total net inflows for the combined U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs since trading began on Jan. 11 are now back below the $12 billion mark at $11.8 billion.

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs had a net outflow of $343.5 million in April, the first monthly net outflows since trading began.
  • Outflows were led by Grayscale’s GBTC fund with $2.5 billion exiting, followed by Ark Invest’s ARKB and Valkyrie’s BRRR.
  • BlackRock’s IBIT ETF dominated net inflows, taking in $1.5 billion in April, but its 71-day inflow streak ended on April 23.
  • The combined U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs have seen net inflows of $11.8 billion since trading began in January.
  • Bitcoin's price has dropped 6% in May, briefly falling below $57,000, and GBTC's assets have seen a 41% drop in U.S. dollar terms since January.


April's net outflows from U.S. spot bitcoin ETFs, totaling $343.5 million, may reflect waning investor confidence amidst Bitcoin's 6% price drop in May. The significant outflows from Grayscale's GBTC and Ark Invest's ARKB, alongside BlackRock's IBIT continuing to attract inflows before ending its streak, could potentially impact Bitcoin's price and future ETF performance, affecting both retail and institutional investors. This development might trigger regulatory review and challenge investor trust, possibly yielding ripple effects on related financial instruments and tech companies engaged in crypto-services. In the long run, it could lead to more stringent regulations or increased investor education, fostering a more mature crypto market.

Did You Know?

  • Spot Bitcoin ETFs: Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) investing in spot Bitcoin, directly purchasing and holding the cryptocurrency.
  • Grayscale’s GBTC fund: A publicly traded investment vehicle deriving its value from Bitcoin's price. It is a popular way to invest in Bitcoin through a traditional brokerage account, although it is not a true ETF, but a trust holding Bitcoin and selling shares representing its holdings.
  • BlackRock’s IBIT ETF: A newly launched ETF providing exposure to Bitcoin's price performance, offered by BlackRock, one of the world's largest asset managers. IBIT holds Bitcoin futures contracts instead of directly holding the cryptocurrency, creating a different investment exposure compared to spot Bitcoin ETFs.

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