Bitcoin Funds Attracted $4 Bln in Inflows in 2020, CoinShares AUM Surges to a Record $15 Bln: Report
Digital asset manager CoinShares saw its assets under management (AUM) rising to an all-time peak of $15 billion, which were standing at just $2.57 billion at the end of 2019.
This surge is the result of institutional investors pumping the second-highest amount on record, $429 million, into the company’s crypto funds, for the week ending Dec. 7.
Grayscale’s assets under management have risen to over $12.4 billion by amassing inflows of $4.3 billion this year. Just last week, the world’s largest crypto fund had more than $336 million in inflows.
“On an anecdotal level, based on our client conversations over the course of 2020, we have seen a decisive shift from enquiries of a speculative nature to those that begin with comments such as, ‘bitcoin is here to stay, please help us understand it,’” said James Butterfill, investment strategist at CoinShares.
“Given the levels of interest, this suggests we are only on the cusp of institutional adoption rather than it cooling down,” he added.
The second-largest cryptocurrency Ethereum also saw inflows of US$87m, representing 20% of total inflows, far greater than its current share of 14%.
Bitcoin-focused funds attracted inflows of $334.7 million last week, bringing the total inflows so far this year to nearly $4 billion.
In contrast to this growth, gold experienced outflows of a record $9.2 billion over the last four weeks from its investment products, while bitcoin saw inflows totaling $1.4 billion during the same period, as per CoinShares latest report.
However, inflows into gold products were higher in the entire year at $45.7 billion.
The CoinShares report attributes these gains to the weak US dollar, which highlighted the fears of excessive monetary policy, combined with worries over management of the COVID crisis.
This is a period when gold should outperform; as such, the report believes, “investors are choosing to allocate to Bitcoin to help diversify the limited-supply asset component of their portfolios.”