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April 05, 2024
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DigitalX Weekly Crypto Update: Market Trends and Analysis

22-28 March 2024

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

Market Commentary

It has been a short week but the market witnessed a notable change in market sentiment. With the stronger-than-expected Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index and higher inflation readings from the sector, the expectation is now leaning towards the Fed retracting its forecast of three 25-basis point rate cuts for 2024. The probability of the Fed implementing the first rate cut in June has dipped below 50%. This shift sent the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield to its 2024 high of 4.43% and the U.S. dollar to its highest level since last November. Bitcoin price fell to US$66k with the broader crypto market concluding the week in red. 

Despite the negative market sentiment, the new spot Bitcoin ETFs attracted positive net inflows of ~US$100 million over the last five trading days from the 28th of March to the 3rd of April.

There are six weeks until 23 May, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to make a decision based on the current state of the spot Ethereum ETF applications. Yesterday, the SEC opened a window for comments on three spot Ethereum ETF applications associated with Grayscale Investments, Fidelity, and Bitwise who will undergo a three-week comment period. Other than this, there has been no other known engagement from the SEC on the matter. This lack of engagement from the SEC caused some analysts, including the crypto market maker GSR, to revise its estimate of the likelihood to a mere 20% for a spot Ethereum ETF approval in May.

CEO Comment

The Gap between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has widened to 20%, a massive jump from last week’s 5%. This is a common theme when the market is in risk-off mode and continues to highlight that volatility surrounding Digital Assets will be an enduring theme. We expect the Gap to close again as we enter the Bitcoin halving cycle in a matter of weeks. 

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. Our very own interview on the Street platform highlights the data opportunity that we see will one day underpin the shift into real world asset tokenisation.
  2. The SEC calling for broader feedback on the Ethereum ETF’s is a great step in consultation and we found the comments from Consensys to be powerful (remembering that their CEO Joe Lubin is a co-founder of Ethereum). 

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 37%. 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. 

  1. This evolution of smart contracts is literally mind blowing for Web3 financial infrastructure – if you want to know why? Listen to this, and call us!

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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