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Bitcoin ETFs are sucking up 10X more BTC than miners can produce


Spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) scooped up 10 times more Bitcoin than what miners were able to produce on Monday, Feb. 12.

According to preliminary figures, at least $493.4 million, or roughly 10,280 Bitcoin (BTC), flowed into spot Bitcoin ETFs as of Feb. 12.

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust saw the lion’s share, with a massive $374.7 million flowing in. Meanwhile, Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund fund saw inflows of $151.9 million, with $40 million for Ark 21Shares Bitcoin ETF. Grayscale outflows of $95 million and $20.8 million from the Invesco Galaxy ETF slightly offset this, though net inflows were almost half a billion dollars.

On the same day, Bitcoin miners produced around 1,059 BTC worth roughly $51 million, according to Blockchain.com, which i just 10% of the amount of BTC being hoovered up by spot ETFs.

Bitcoin supply growth against price. Source: Blockchain.com

A similar trend was also observed on Feb. 9, with approximately 12,700 BTC or $541.5 million worth of the asset flowing into the ETFs in aggregate, compared to 980 BTC worth around $45 million added through mining.

BlackRock led the way with a $250.7 million inflow, while Fidelity again came second at $188.4 million. Ark 21Shares saw large inflows of $136.5 million, while Grayscale outflows fell to their lowest level for the week at $51.8 million, resulting in the bumper day of aggregate inflows.

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On Feb. 12, Bitcoin pioneer Anthony Pompliano commented that “Wall Street loves Bitcoin” in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

“There is 12.5x more demand for Bitcoin than what is being produced on a daily basis.”

Around 80% of the total supply has not moved in the past six months, he said before adding that only around $200 billion in BTC is tradable, so these ETFs “have sucked up 5% of the entire tradable supply of Bitcoin in 30 days.”

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