Institutional Investors Preferring Ether Over Bitcoin Now: JPMorgan

The spread between futures prices and spot prices for the two cryptos is telling, analysts wrote.

Sep 23, 2021 at 6:25 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 23, 2021 at 8:17 p.m. UTC

Institutional investors are showing more confidence in ether than bitcoin, according to an analysis of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) futures buying activity by JPMorgan.

  • The analysis showed that the rolling average of the difference between bitcoin futures prices and spot prices had weakened and shifted from positive to negative in September.
  • By contrast, the difference between ether futures prices and spot prices remained positive and actually increased in September.
  • ”This points to a much healthier demand for [ether] vs. bitcoin by institutional investors,” JPMorgan wrote.
  • Bitcoin prices have fallen almost 10% over the last month, while ether prices have dropped about 5% over the same time period.

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