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February 09, 2024
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DigitalX Weekly Crypto Update: Market Trends and Analysis

2-9 February 2024

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

Market Commentary

The eleven new spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds have now amassed more than US$7.6 billion in assets under management, excluding Grayscale’s converted GBTC fund. BlackRock’s U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF also surpassed the assets under management of all Canadian Bitcoin ETFs combined, reaching 56,621 Bitcoin — currently worth around US$2.5 billion. The number of Bitcoin whales, wallets holding over 1,000 tokens (roughly US$44 million), rose to a multi-month high of 73, according to data from Glassnode.

Spot trading volume across centralised crypto exchanges continued its upward trajectory for the fourth month in a row in January, climbing to a level last seen in June 2022 as the approval of Bitcoin ETFs sparked renewed interest in digital assets. Tether, the leading stablecoin issuer, booked a record US$2.9 billion net profit in Q4 2023  as per its latest attestation report conducted by BDO. The report highlights an all-time-high increase in excess reserves backing Tether’s tokens in circulation. The company had close to US$1 billion in net operating profit, which was mainly from US t-bill interests, and around US$1.85 billion from gold and Bitcoin. Tether also acquired an additional 8,888 Bitcoin in Q4, increasing its total holdings to about 66,465 Bitcoin — currently worth around US$2.8 billion. Tether’s net profits are now 10% of JPMorgan’s despite having only 50 employees compared to JPMorgan’s 250,000.

CEO Comment 

The Gap between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 has largely declined 7% to 38% from last week’s 45% difference. The recent increase in Bitcoins price is largely being attributed to the outflow from Grayscale’s GBTC ETF beginning to slow down. The consistent inflows into the competing ETFs will start to push price pressure to the upside, with a report today stating that BlackRock and Fidelity now own a combined 144,640 Bitcoin worth US $6.5 billion for their spot Bitcoin ETFs or 0.74% of the total circulating supply.

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. This Metamask deal is a true shift – it brings Web 2 to web3 in a novel way – MetaMask deal with Robinhood broadens crypto access
  2. Again although the Metamask back end has been doing this for a while it is the Web2 – Web3 partnership that matters here – ENS partners with GoDaddy to enable users to link wallets to domains
  3. Fidelity adding up to 3% of Bitcoin to their traditional ETF offering may be the story of the year as far as shifts go.

Our Top “alts shift” list featuring shifts in our Alt universe being game changing shifts that drive our thematic approach – A second Gap where the broader digital asset market has circa 65% to close so there is a big opportunity here, we see this as a selective opportunity to select and grow our alts portfolio via our “alThematics” work.

  • Farcaster DeSoc app is getting some traction as the “new crypto twitter” and an airdrop on the way. I highly recommend signing up simply to see the mind blowing Web2/Web3 payment rail where a $5 cash Subscription is processed from an Apple wallet on-chain in seconds. Witnessing tech like this is a vision of the future of finance.
  • Although not an Alt specific update, this Bitgo move into real world asset tokenisation shows the potential in this nascent space – BitGo looks to jumpstart RWA tokenisation segment via acquisition

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, and scale up technologies such as ZKrollups – anything Crypto identity realty, 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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