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February 16, 2024
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DigitalX Weekly Crypto Update: Market Trends and Analysis

9-16 February 2024

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

Market Commentary

Bitcoin’s market cap exceeded US$1 trillion for the first time since December of 2021 – accounting for more than half of the US$1.9 trillion market cap of the total digital asset sector. The strength in Bitcoin’s price has been largely driven by the increasing net inflows into U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs, with outflows from Grayscale’s GBTC subsiding. Shortly after launch of the products, GBTC experienced significant outflows with profit taking from those who bought the closed-ended trust at discount and forced sales from bankruptcy holdings. Monday saw outflows reduce to as little as US$65.9 million, while the competing ETF products experienced net inflows of US$418.96 million. Blackrock remains the main beneficiary of these inflows, now capturing a third of the spot Bitcoin ETF market share, overtaking Grayscale’s GBTC. 

On the supply side, bullish expectations from reductions in the supply Bitcoin from the upcoming ‘Bitcoin halving’, scheduled to occur on 22 April 2024, have also helped sustain the current rally. The halving event will mark a reduction from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC in all newly minted Bitcoin paid to miners per every 10 minutes. These supply side expectations were somewhat tempered this week by US bankruptcy judge Sean Lane who has now granted a motion from Genesis, allowing the bankrupt lender to proceed with sales of up to US$1.4 billion in GBTC shares. The impact of these sales will be decided on the debtor’s decision to convert the shares into Bitcoin or cash, with the judge allowing both options. If the current interest in the Bitcoin ETFs continues, these sales could quickly be absorbed. 

CEO Comment 

The Gap between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has continued to significantly fall – now sitting at 29%, compared to last week’s 38%. This trend, of course will fluctuate, as it is a function of the supply and demand dynamic which is gaining momentum. We expect parity on both over the next twelve months. Please reach out if you’d like clarification. 

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. Citi – may seem like a POC with Wellington and this is a huge shift – Citi collaborates with Wellington Management and WisdomTree to explore tokenization of private markets
  2. The acceleration of ETF demand needs to be noted as a shift – Bitcoin ETF inflows pick up again, with BlackRock leading the way. 
  3. In our investment process we put a lot of emphasis on sentiment and this is interesting in terms of broader sentiment – Crypto Fear & Greed Index hits highest level since Bitcoin’s 2021 record high. 

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, remain flat at circa 64%. There is a big opportunity here, as we see this as a selective opportunity to identify and grow our alts portfolio via our “alThematics” work.

  • We believe the second gap will begin to close as Bitcoin reaches new highs – contact us at [email protected] for more details.  

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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