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Institutional managers bought the dip as crypto funds see $154M in weekly inflows

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Institutional investors were unfazed by the recent correction in the cryptocurrency markets, as digital asset funds dedicated to Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) continued to grow, according to data from CoinShares. 

Crypto investment products, which include exchange-traded funds (ETFs), saw weekly inflows totaling $154 million for the week ending Nov. 20, according to CoinShares’ latest fund flows report. Like in previous weeks, Bitcoin investment products attracted most of the inflows at $114.4 million. Funds devoted to Ether saw weekly inflows of $12.6 million and multi-asset products registered $14.1 million in net investments.

Year-to-date, institutional investors have allocated over $6.6 billion to Bitcoin products, $1.17 billion to Ether products and more than $9.2 billion to crypto as a whole.

Grayscale, which is the largest crypto asset manager, recorded $51.9 billion in assets under management as of Nov. 19.

October was a record-breaking month for Bitcoin funds thanks in part to the approval of two futures-linked ETFs in the United States. Institutional managers bought $2 billion worth of Bitcoin funds over the course of the month as the BTC price reached new all-time highs. 

Although November has been less bullish for Bitcoin from a price perspective, the latest funds flows data suggests that investors are not concerned by the market correction. As Cointelegraph reported, Bitcoin touched a low of around $56,500 on Nov. 20 before correcting higher. The flagship cryptocurrency remains vulnerable to another pullback in the short term as price consolidates below $58,000.

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According to a recent tweet from crypto analyst TechDev, the 2021 bull market has been lagging the 2017 cycle by five-to-eight days as of July. If the trend continues, Bitcoin and the broader market could be poised for a breakout higher in the medium term.