- Solana registered a record $24 million inflow, marking its largest since March 2022.
- Digital assets, with Solana and Bitcoin leading the charge, recorded net inflows of $78 million, the most since July.
Solana Takes the Spotlight in Altcoin Investments
Last week, Solana piqued interest among altcoin funds, adding an impressive $24 million to its coffers. This not only marks the largest inflow for Solana since March 2022 but also solidifies its position as the altcoin of choice for many investors. As highlighted by James Butterfill, the Head of Research, Solana’s increasing popularity can be partly attributed to the recent launch of ether futures ETF products. Remarkably, Solana funds have witnessed inflows in 28 weeks of the current year, with a minimal four weeks of outflows in 2023.
Bitcoin Maintains its Dominance
While Solana is gaining traction, Bitcoin remains the kingpin of inflows, amassing $43 million. Interestingly, some investors, leveraging the recent upswing in Bitcoin’s price, have begun dabbling in short-bitcoin product positions, which culminated in a $1.2 million inflow during the same timeframe.
A Closer Look at Regional Disparities and Trade Volumes
Europe maintained its lead over the United States in terms of investment, accounting for a staggering 90% of the inflows last week. In contrast, the combined inflows from the U.S. and Canada amounted to a mere $9 million. This suggests an evolving divergence in market sentiment, as articulated by Butterfill. Additionally, trading volumes for exchange-traded products saw a 37% uptick, touching $1.13 billion for the week. Meanwhile, Bitcoin volume on trusted exchanges experienced a 16% growth.
In relation to the newly launched ether futures ETFs in the U.S., they garnered just under $10 million, indicating a lukewarm reception. This is especially striking when juxtaposed against the $1 billion amassed by bitcoin futures ETFs in their debut week in 2021. As per Butterfill, the current subdued enthusiasm for digital assets, compared to the fervor in October 2021, might be contributing to this disparity.