State of the Market: Bitcoin ETFs Are Finally Here

Is this the start of a new era?

GM, Anon! Welcome to this week's Crypto Market Update! It has been a history-making week for Bitcoin. With the spot BTC ETFs finally going live, many expect this to be a watershed moment in crypto history. So, without any further ado, let’s dive in!

Before We Begin

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State Of The Market: A New Era

There’s no denying that crypto will never be the same following this monumental event. Let’s take a look at how the market is reacting. 


  • Bitcoin spot ETFs saw $4.6B in trading volume on their first day.

  • Grayscale, BlackRock, and Fidelity led in trading volumes.

  • Bitcoin futures open interest on CME reached an all-time high of $5.4B.

  • Asset managers increased long futures interest.

  • Digital asset products received $151M in inflows in the first week of 2024.

  • Ethereum surged following ETF news.

The launch of  BTC spot ETFs has made a significant impact on the crypto industry, with approximately $4.6B in trading volume recorded on their inaugural day of trading, based on data from LSEG. 

Following the ETF launch, issuers engaged in intense competition by aggressively reducing fees for their products, even before their official market debut. The fee structures for these new bitcoin ETFs range from 0.2% to 1.5%, with many firms offering fee waivers for specific durations or asset thresholds. 

  • The conversion of Grayscale's existing bitcoin trust into an ETF solidified its position as the world's largest BTC ETF, amassing over $28B in assets under management overnight. 

  • While analysts' estimates regarding the potential inflow of funds into spot bitcoin ETFs vary, projections range from $10B in 2024, as suggested by Bernstein analysts, to a more optimistic outlook of $50B to $100B for this year alone, as posited by Standard Chartered analysts. 

Bitcoin futures open interest on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange surged to an unprecedented level this past week, marking a significant milestone for the crypto market. 

  • Multiple data sources confirmed this development, with Bitcoin futures open interest reaching an impressive $5.4B on CME. 

  • This surge in open interest surpasses the previous all-time high of $4.5B, observed in November 2021 during Bitcoin's peak price surge beyond $68K.

In the first week of 2024, digital asset investment products received $151M in inflows, bringing the total inflows since the Grayscale vs. SEC lawsuit to $2.3B, accounting for 4.4% of total assets under management. 55% of these inflows came from US exchanges, while Germany and Switzerland accounted for 21% and 17% respectively.

Ethereum has experienced a surge in price following the ETF announcement. After lagging behind the rest of the market, it seems that the ETH season is once again upon us. 

  • ETH is being withdrawn from exchanges as users become more active in the ecosystem. It's likely that many DeFi protocols, which have seen little activity up until now, will once again become vibrant, with lending, borrowing, and yield farming regaining significant traction. 

  • Additionally, many anticipate that an ETH ETF will receive approval by May of this year.

  • Interestingly, Vitalik recently supported a gas limit increase on ETH by approximately 33%.

After months of continuous decline, the ETH/BTC ratio has broken out significantly, signaling potential substantial gains for the Ethereum ecosystem. 

  • These gains have already been witnessed in coins like Arbitrum and Optimism, which serve as high-beta plays on Ethereum. 

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Historic Moment for Crypto: The SEC's approval of the Bitcoin ETF marks a significant milestone, signaling the growing institutional acceptance of cryptocurrencies. This long-awaited decision is likely to have substantial implications for the market, attracting more investors and potentially boosting Bitcoin's legitimacy and stability.

Price Action Analysis: Bitcoin's price action (PA) exhibited a sharp wick to $48K, aligning with the 0.618 Fibonacci retracement level. This movement indicates strong market resilience. However, a sense of caution is advised as the current price level historically precedes a correction phase.

Historical Context and Predictions: Reflecting on Bitcoin's past cycles, notably in 2016 and 2020, corrections have occurred at similar Fibonacci levels (0.5 in 2016 and 0.618 in 2020). This pattern suggests that Bitcoin may be poised for a correction. 

Furthermore, a critical situation is emerging as there's a risk of $3.7B worth of Bitcoin futures contracts being liquidated if the price drops below the $34K mark.

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Blue Chip and Majors Overview


Bitcoin (BTC) has jumped by 7% this past week as the SEC finally approved the spot ETF applications. Some believe that the jump would have been even more pronounced had the SEC not bungled its announcement. Now, we need to wait and watch if the ETF application is a “sell the news” event or not.


With a 14% jump over the past seven days, ETH has broken past the $2,500 psychological barrier. Following Bitcoin ETF approval, all eyes are on the ETH ETF applications. Experts believe that these applications will also get approved with ease. Currently, ETH is trading at around $2.600. Will we see ETH at $2,700 before the week ends?

  • Celestia: Over the last two months, TIA has almost 7X'd from $2.61 to $15.68. A week back, TIA hit its all-time high of $17.13

  • Zorro: $ZORRO on zkSync has jumped by over 65% in the past 24 hours. It looks like meme coins on zkSync and other chains are going to pump in the near future.

  • Ordi: $ORDI has jumped by >60% in the last seven days and is looking to break through the $75 resistance barrier.

  • Stacks: With a 107% jump in the last 30 days, STX is looking to break past the $2 barrier.

  • Xai: Following the much-hyped airdrop, the value of $XAI dropped from $0.77 to $0.56. However, there is still considerable buzz around the project. 

  • Axie Infinity: $AXS has jumped recently by >10% as the GameFi continues to shine. AXS is looking to break past the $9 resistance and reach $10.

  • Arbitrum: With a 97% spike in valuation over the past 30 days, ARB is on an absolute tear. ARB hit is currently trending at $2.31, a shade below its ATH of $2.36.

  • Akash Network: AKT has surged 6X since July, breaking past the key psychological barrier at $3. However, it is still ways off from its all-time high of $8.07.

  • Bonk: BONK has jumped by almost 1000% this past year. The coin is looking to break past the $0.00002 psychological level.

  • Osmosis: OSMO has nearly doubled in price over this past month. OSMO is currently looking to break past the $2 psychological line.

  • Lido: Lido has been riding the bullish Ethereum wave as well. LDO has jumped by 66% over the past 30 days.

  • Rocket Pool: RPL has exploded by over 20% in the past 24 hours as it looks to touch the $40 line. Rocket Pool is riding the liquid staking narrative.

  • Ethereum Name Service: ENS has been on a tear, jumping by 160% this past month. In December, ENS has registered 23.4k new names.

  • SSV Network: SSV is looking to break past the $40 resistance line, having jumped by over 60% this past month.

  • Maker: MKR has jumped by 50% over the past 30 days and broken past the $2,000 resistance level. Currently, Maker is going all in on its Endgame proposal.

  • Optimism: Having jumped by 14% this past week, OP is looking to break past $4. As per L2Beat, the total value locked in Optimism has crossed $6.50 billion.

  • Injective: Injective had a tremendous year wherein the price jumped by almost 3000%. Over the year, INJ jumped from $1.27 to $41.50, with the marketcap breaking past $3.5 billion.

  • Autonolas: OLAS dumped by over 20% this past week. However, they have recently finished and the protocol has gotten a lot of mech requests. OLAS is currently sitting slightly below $6.

Smart Money Movements

  • One notable project catching the attention of Smart Money is $METAL, a gamefi venture on the Polygon network, backed by Animoca. The strategic accumulation of $METAL tokens suggests a bullish outlook among informed investors.

  • As the Ethereum season makes a resurgence, Smart Money is turning its gaze towards $UNIBOT. Improved metrics of Unibot and heightened anticipation in the ETH market are driving the accumulation of $UNIBOT, signalling confidence in its potential for growth.

  • In the realm of perpetual protocols, Smart Money has strategically chosen $GMX as one of its targets. The increasing volume of perpetual swaps in general has prompted informed investors to place their bets on perp protocols, and $GMX stands as a beneficiary of this trend.

  • Expanding its portfolio, Smart Money has made a move on $VKA, a perpetual project on Arbitrum. Viewed as an $ARB beta just like $GMX.

  • Staking has become a strategic play for Smart Money, with a focus on $GTC. The prospect of receiving airdrops from various projects by staking $GTC has enticed informed investors to stake their $GTC.

  • $MND, a programming language tailored for both AI and humans, has also piqued the interest of Smart Money.


  • Turning to yield farming, Smart Money has identified promising opportunities in various platforms. Merchant Moe on Mantle has become a notable choice, offering attractive APRs that have captured the attention of savvy farmers.

  • Aerodrome, with its WETH/USDC farming pool boasting a 34.5% APR and a TVL of 6.4 million, has become a favored destination for Smart Farmers seeking robust returns.

  • Maia V3 on Metis is gaining traction among Smart Farmers due to its competitive APRs.

  • For those inclined towards lower risk, Spark remains a popular choice among Smart Farmers.

  • Kelp Dao's rsETH farming has proven to be a prudent play for Smart Farmers, aligning with their strategic approach to maximise returns.

  • Venturing into higher risk territories, Smart Money has also cast its gaze upon Vivacity, a stablecoin farm with a high-risk profile.

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