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May 24, 2024
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DigitalX Weekly Crypto Update: Market Trends and Analysis

19-26 April 2024

This week's latest trends and insights in the digital asset market from our asset management team.

Market Commentary

The price of Ethereum has surged by approximately 22% since Monday (20 May), driven by the highest level of daily spot buying from Ethereum permanent holders seen in 2024 and a new all-time high level for trading volume of US$48 million in the Ethereum futures ETFs. The increase in activity was spurred by a surprising change in the outlook of approval for the US-based spot Ethereum ETFs after the SEC requested minor updates to the 19b-4 forms. The recent change in sentiment in the chance of the ETH ETFs being approved may have come as a result of political pressure ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Bloomberg ETF analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart promptly increased their approval odds for spot Ethereum ETFs, at the beginning of the week, from 25% to 75% accordingly. 

Amid the renewed interest in spot Ethereum ETFs, Bitcoin’s price surpassed US$71,000 on 21 May and has since then remained close to the US$70,000 range. The supply of stablecoins has surged significantly, reflecting heightened demand for cryptocurrencies. The total stablecoin market capitalisation has grown by about US$30 billion, from US$130 billion to US$160 billion since the beginning of the year. On the 21st of May alone, Tether’s USDT and Circle’s USDC minted a total of US$1.25 billion in stablecoins, some of which may be used to purchase Ethereum in anticipation of the spot Ethereum ETF approvals in the US. As at the latest updates, the US-based spot Ethereum ETFs have officially been approved by the SEC.

This week has seen a major shift in Washington lawmakers’ stance in favour of effectively regulating digital assets. On 22 May, the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (FIT21) bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in a 279-136 vote, with support from both parties. This legislation, primarily driven by House Republicans, aims to regulate the U.S. crypto markets, set consumer protections, and appoint the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as the primary regulator of digital assets and non-securities spot markets. It also seeks to clearly define the distinctions between crypto tokens as securities or commodities. This marks the first standalone crypto market structure bill in the U.S. and is considered the most significant policy win for the crypto industry in the country. Another key bill, the Deploying American Blockchains Act of 2023, passed the House on 15 May with an even larger margin of 334-79. This bipartisan bill designates the Secretary of Commerce as the principal presidential adviser on blockchain and assigns the Secretary several responsibilities, including policy development, research, and technology promotion. This move has been seen as reducing the SEC’s influence over cryptocurrencies. Both pieces of legislation still need Senate and Presidential approval, but they signify a positive shift in U.S. crypto policy sentiment.

CEO Comment

The Gap between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has reduced to 7%, from 11% last week, which continues to close as Bitcoin rallies following the shift in the likelihood of US spot Ethereum ETFs being approved by the SEC this month. As at the latest update the spot Ethereum ETFs within the US have officially been approved by the SEC!!!

As for the shift list, which we define as the major events and announcements facilitating the broader market’s transition to Web3 financial rails or the internet of value, the top shifts for this week include:

  1. The approval of the 8 US-based spot Ethereum ETFs has to be first.  
  2. It was only a matter of time before Big Bank financial rails infrastructure emerged with a strong use case. Click here to read about the Broadridge and JPM tie up – this leapfrogs BlackRock in terms of “on-ramp”.
  3. Although many institutions have joined the fray getting Bitcoin exposure – the state of Wisconsin’s is a notable entrant – State of Wisconsin buys nearly $100M worth of BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF.

Our Top “alts shifts” for this week, featuring shifts in our altcoin universe that drive our thematic approach, saw the second gap, or the broader digital asset market, drop ever so slightly to circa 42%. I want to reiterate that this is a big opportunity, as mentioned we see this as a selective opportunity to identify and grow our alternatives portfolio via our “alThematics” work. The gaps themselves are proving to be a risk on, risk off proxy and hugely high Beta – volatility is a certainty and an opportunity – the building is happening no matter what.

  1. In terms of scaling real word assets in 2024 – Deutsche Bank joining Guardian is another notable shift

What are our favourite thematics for 2024? We continue to like any infrastructure plays of the shift from Web2 to Web3 financial rails and any plays in the real-world asset tokenisation infrastructure, data validation and decentralised storage, as well as scale-up technologies such as ZKrollups. We are closely following all the ”de’s” – DeFi, DePin, DeSoc – (want to know what that means? – message us).

Lisa Wade, CEO DigitalX



*All figures throughout are in USD unless otherwise specified


Market Updates

The Shift List

Macro and Regulatory Environment

About DigitalX

DigitalX Ltd (ASX:DCC) is a leading ASX-Listed Bitcoin and digital asset funds management business. The Company has a 9 year track record mining Bitcoin, blockchain and smart contract development. DigitalX Asset Management is the investment manager of digital asset investment products that provide qualified investors with highly secure and streamlined access to digital asset exposure. To learn more contact the team at [email protected] or visit our website


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