Crypto Market Pulse (05/02/2024)

BlackRock’s and Fidelity’s spot Bitcoin ETFs in the top 10 largest net inflows for Jan. Ethereum’s Dencun upgrade goes live on the Sepolia testnet. US Federal Reserve keeps rates unchanged.

Feb 05, 2024
Crypto Market Pulse

Weekly Market Index

Last week’s crypto market prices were up slightly at +1.56%. Volume and volatility decreased by -10.44% and -50.02%, respectively. Weekly Market Index

Chart of the Week

BlackRock’s and Fidelity’s spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have made it to the top ten list of ETFs (across all asset classes) with the largest January net inflows. The two Bitcoin ETFs totaled US$5.1B in net inflow during the month. Jan Net Inflows

Weekly Performance

Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) both rose slightly by +1.0% in the past seven days. Price action for other selected top-cap tokens was mixed. Selected Top-Cap Tokens Price Change

Selected key categories were all up in terms of market cap change in the past seven days, led by Artificial Intelligence. Selected Categories Market Cap Change

News Highlights

  • Ethereum’s latest major upgrade Dencun went live on the Sepolia test network last week. The upgrade’s initiation on the final testnet Holesky is scheduled for 7 February. One key anticipated feature of Dencun is proto-danksharding, which aims to lower gas fees and improve scalability by introducing a new, compressed data storage mechanism called “blobs.” Ethereum developers plan to set a mainnet launch date for Dencun on 8 February.
  • Visa has partnered with the Web3 infrastructure provider Transak to introduce cryptocurrency withdrawals and payments through the Visa Direct solution, the firms announced last week. The new integration allows users to withdraw cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin directly from a wallet like MetaMask to a Visa debit card.
  • The central bank of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conducted its first cross-border digital dirham transfer using the mBridge central bank digital currency (CBDC) platform. 
  • Venture Smart Financial Holdings Ltd. (VSFG), a Hong Kong-based financial services firm, is in the final phase of officially submitting its application for a spot Bitcoin ETF to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. VSFG is also preparing to apply for a spot Ethereum ETF.
  • The US Federal Reserve (Fed) left its target interest rate range unchanged at 5.25%-5.50% at its meeting last week. The Fed reiterated that it is looking for signs inflation is on a ‘sustainable path down’.

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