Investors poured money into short bitcoin funds last week as upbeat U.S. economic data and the prospect of renewed outsized rate increases by the Federal Reserve weakened the appetite for risky assets.
- Short-bitcoin funds had $10 million in inflows during the week ended Feb. 24, according to crypto asset manager CoinShares. Long-bitcoin funds bled $12 million, the third straight weekly outflow.
- Broadly speaking, digital-asset investment products saw minor outflows of $2 million.
- Short funds provide investors a bearish exposure to an asset's price. For instance, ProShares Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF offers short BTC exposure that profits from the cryptocurrency's price declines. A "short" position in financial markets is a bet on a price decline.
- "We believe this reaction reflects nervousness amongst U.S. investors prompted by the recent stronger-than-expected macro data releases, but also highlights its sensitivity to the regulatory crackdown in the U.S.," CoinShares noted in the weekly report, explaining the inflow into short-bitcoin funds.
- Bitcoin (BTC) fell over 3% last week after failing to establish a foothold above a key resistance level at $25,000.
- "Ethereum has remained relatively insulated from the recent negative sentiment, seeing only $0.2 million of outflows last week," CoinShares said, while noting minor inflows in the tokens of the Polygon, Solana and Cardano blockchains.
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