End of Crypto 'Capitulation Phase' May Be Near: CoinShares Analyst

Token prices rose but institutions continue to sell digital assets, which for James Butterfill is an indicator of a change in phases.

By Pedro Solimano

2 min read

Despite crypto prices rising, institutions continue to serve at the behest of the bears, according to the latest report from CoinShares.

Bitcoin (BTC) was the most sold digital asset by a wide margin, accounting for 85% of all institutional activity, and marking $45 million worth of outflows. James Butterfill, head of research for CoinShares, considers it the most-loved investment product, as it drew inflows worth $12 million over the past month.

On the other hand, Ethereum (ETH)—fresh off its label as the least-loved digital asset in 2023—continues on a negative streak, reaching $4.8 million in sales by large entities over the past week. Its unfavorable rating is very much intact, clocking $117 million of outflows on the year. 

Numbers showcased by Ethereum have baffled Butterfill, who wrote today that despite “attractive investment fundamentals and high demand for its staking yield,” Ethereum continues to be of lesser interest to institutions. 

Butterfill told Decrypt that fund flows can sometimes prove to be “a contrarian indicator,” as evidenced by today’s report. Bitcoin is up 6.5% over the past week, trading at $26,793, but is plagued by a decidedly negative sentiment among institutions. The same goes for Ethereum, which has risen 5.4% for the week, but has continued to be discarded by large entities. 

The analyst explained that the rising prices and hefty outflows might be an indicator that we are “close to the end of the capitulation phase.”

Large entities offloaded $53 million worth of crypto over the past seven days, which adds up to a whopping $455 million over the last nine weeks. The U.S.—with its less-than-friendly regulatory approach to digital assets—led the way among nations, comprising 77% of the outflows, with $41 million. 

Germany and Canada followed from afar, seeing $5.9 million and $4.9 million worth of outflows. All three countries have been decidedly off-crypto during the last thirty days, with double digit red numbers marking their interest. 

CoinShares also reported that volumes increased over the past seven days, reaching $1 billion for the week, marking a 42% uptick week-to-week. 

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