Last Updated: 24 August 2022
Sentiment among institutional investors towards bitcoin has been dramatic for weeks. For the past week, bitcoin had to record an outflow of $15 million in what marked the third consecutive week of outflows.
Institutional Investor Sentiment Remains Negative As Bitcoin Outflows Continue https://t.co/ew7g4tQIrh
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Only short bitcoin in the green
Only the US short-bitcoin fund posted a small plus of $0.2 million, but that is basically not a positive signal from institutional investors. Therefore, it seems that, with the market’s decline, the institutional public’s interest in bitcoin has also fallen sharply.
Just on the 4th of August, news broke that BlackRock has partnered with Coinbase to introduce their institutional clients to bitcoin. It is possible that they are already buying heavily, but this is not reflected in the price and sentiment among the rest of the institutional market.
Coinbase Prime is linked to Aladdin, BlackRock’s trading platform. There, investors from the world’s largest investment fund have the opportunity to invest in bitcoin. However, it is questionable whether there is much demand for this now, given bitcoin’s price performance.
Big money also suffers from emotions
The behaviour of the institutional market shows that even big money is not foreign to the human condition. They allow themselves to be influenced by emotions and the issues of the day as well. When the bitcoin price is doing well, money flows into bitcoin investment products and vice versa.
Having a solid stock market does not necessarily mean that you are better able to trade objectively. Despite the negative sentiment at the moment, the collaboration between BlackRock and Coinbase is certainly a promising development.
Once the market picks up, it means that a huge mountain of capital suddenly has the opportunity to buy bitcoin. Let it be clear that this possibility was not initially available to BlackRock’s clients. For that, they had to take their money out of Aladdin and invest it through other means.