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Bitcoin Tumbles Below $60K, Risking Deeper Pullback?

Bitcoin Tumbles Below $60K, Risking Deeper Pullback as Crypto Markets Endure Worst Month Since FTX Crash

In April, Bitcoin experienced a significant drop of over 16%, marking its worst month since November 2022. Ledn's Chief Investment Officer predicts BTC could fall further to the mid-to-low $50,000 range. Despite concerns over the debut of spot ETFs in Hong Kong, a Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst suggests it wasn't as bad as portrayed.

Bitcoin's price dipped below $60,000, indicating a potential cryptocurrency bear market. This decline was exacerbated by the poor performance of spot ETFs in Hong Kong and fears of rising interest rates. BTC hit a low of $59,100, down over 5% in 24 hours, while the CoinDesk 20 Index fell 6%, with other cryptocurrencies like ether and solana experiencing 7%-8% losses.

The broader market also struggled, with the Nasdaq dropping 2% and the S&P 500 falling 1.6% due to slowing growth and increased inflation. Stronger U.S. economic data and inflation have diminished expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut, impacting the digital asset market.

Bitcoin's decline in April, along with altcoins like ether and solana, marks the end of a seven-month winning streak, with the worst monthly performance since November 2022. Smaller cryptocurrencies suffered even deeper corrections, with some down 35%-40% for the month.

Analysts anticipate further decline for Bitcoin, with predictions of a sell-off to the mid-to-low $50,000 range. Seasonal trends, including lower interest during summer months, also suggest the potential for lower prices. K33 Research highlights historical returns, indicating a strategy of buying in October and selling in April yielded significant gains, while buying in May and selling in September resulted in losses.

Slow Start for Hong Kong Bitcoin ETFs

The newly launched Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Hong Kong had a sluggish start, with a trading volume of only $12.8 million on their debut, in stark contrast to the explosive $655 million seen by their U.S. counterparts.

The Hong Kong launch marked a significant move toward mainstreaming cryptocurrency in Asia, offering investors an easier way to buy into Bitcoin without directly handling digital assets. However, the low first-day volume suggests a cautious approach from investors. Regulatory uncertainties surrounding cryptocurrencies in Asian markets, despite Hong Kong's relative progressiveness, may have contributed to investor hesitancy, especially given recent crackdowns in mainland China.

In contrast to the U.S., where there was high demand for regulated investment vehicles for cryptocurrencies, Hong Kong's financial market, though mature, lacks the same level of enthusiasm for crypto. The investor base tends to be more conservative and less driven by cryptocurrency novelty. Additionally, Hong Kong's market size is smaller compared to the U.S., which naturally leads to lower trading volumes.

Despite the slow start, the introduction of Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong is a forward-looking step, providing structured and regulated investment opportunities in the crypto space. As investors become more familiar and comfortable with these products and as regulatory landscapes stabilize, trading volumes are expected to increase. With time, Hong Kong could see more robust trading activity in cryptocurrency-related products.

BlackRock's BUIDL becomes the world’s largest tokenized treasury fund

BlackRock's USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund, known as BUIDL, has become the largest treasury fund tokenized on a blockchain, surpassing Franklin Templeton’s product. BUIDL, only six weeks old, boasts a market cap of $375 million, while Franklin Templeton’s OnChain U.S. Government Money Fund (BENJI), which is a year old, sits at $368 million.

BUIDL's recent success is evident as it attracted $70 million in the last week alone, including a significant $50 million from Ondo Finance's OUSG token. Meanwhile, BENJI’s assets under management (AUM) shrank by around 3.7% over the same period.

The trend of blockchain-based tokenization of real-world assets is gaining momentum, with BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink suggesting that capital markets could be made more efficient by moving on-chain. Apart from Treasurys, other assets like stocks and real estate can also be tokenized.

However, there's currently low investor demand for these tokenized products, mainly due to thin liquidity, according to research strategist Tom Wan. This presents a "chicken and egg problem" as issuers are hesitant to tokenize assets with low demand.

Yet, there’s optimism as demand for U.S. Treasurys already exists from industry players in the $140 billion stablecoin market. Wan suggests that it will be easier to find end investors once demand picks up.

Currently, tokenized government securities make up 1.4% of total assets tokenized on-chain, but Wan predicts this dominance will increase to 10% in the future. Boston Consulting Group estimates that blockchain-based tokenization will become a $16 trillion market by 2030, indicating significant growth potential in the space.

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