Bitcoin ETF inflows surge, threatening gold’s reign as store-of-value

Bitcoin ETF inflows surge, threatening gold’s reign as store-of-value

By Charles Thuo - min read
  • Bitcoin ETF inflows surge, threatening gold’s dominance.
  • Divergence in fund flows: Bitcoin gains, gold loses.
  • Bitcoin acts as a ‘risk-on’ investment and a safe-haven asset.

In a seismic shift within the financial landscape, Bitcoin is rapidly gaining ground as a store-of-value asset, challenging its traditional counterpart, gold. Recent data reveals a substantial surge in spot Bitcoin ETF inflows, particularly in the United States, setting the stage for a potential challenge to gold’s historical dominance.

This shift not only signals a changing tide in investment preferences but also prompts speculation about Bitcoin’s long-term disruptive potential.

Bitcoin ETFs vs gold: the growing divergence

The past week has witnessed an impressive surge in spot Bitcoin ETF inflows, culminating in a near 10% increase in Bitcoin’s price. Notably, the lion’s share of these new investments is pouring into US-based ETFs, reflecting the increasing importance that these funds play in shaping Bitcoin’s overall performance. Analysts suggest that this uptrend is beginning to reveal a growing divergence between global fund flows into Bitcoin and those into gold.

The data from ETC Group demonstrates a stark contrast in the year-to-date net flows, with Bitcoin ETPs experiencing a substantial increase since the start of February. Concurrently, gold has faced net negative flows, signalling a shift in investor sentiment. BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF, securing a significant share of last week’s inflows, exemplifies this trend, underlining the rising prominence of Bitcoin in the investment landscape.

Bitcoin’s dual role: ‘risk-on’ investment and safe-haven asset

According to analysts, the top 14 gold ETFs have witnessed a considerable outflow of nearly $2.4 billion since the beginning of the year. 

In stark contrast, the ten leading Bitcoin ETFs have collectively attracted a robust $3.89 billion in inflows. This trend underscores Bitcoin’s dual nature as both a ‘risk-on’ investment and a reliable safe-haven asset.

Market experts anticipate that this trend will persist, with Bitcoin poised to disrupt gold’s role as the primary store of value over the long term. Despite Bitcoin’s current ETP and ETF market cap being dwarfed by gold’s market cap, there’s speculation that driven by price appreciation, Bitcoin could potentially surpass gold’s market cap in the next two years. While Bitcoin currently stands as the newcomer challenging gold’s reign, its growing influence is undeniable, posing a potential threat to the precious metal’s long-standing supremacy.

As Bitcoin continues its ascent, the financial world watches with keen interest, curious to see if this disruptive force will indeed reshape the future of store-of-value assets, signalling a broader evolution in investment preferences on a global scale.