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ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) Hits Record $2B in Assets Amid Spot ETF Anticipation

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The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) has witnessed a significant surge in its assets under management, approaching the $2 billion mark on January 8th, thereby registering an all-time high.

On the same day, the trading volume of the fund crossed $800 million.

  • Launched in October 2021, BITO made history as the first-ever Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States.
  • In the absence of spot Bitcoin ETFs, the popularity of products investing in BTC futures soared. Shortly after its launch, BITO swiftly reached $1 billion in assets, demonstrating the strong demand for crypto-related investment vehicles.
  • However, the fund faced a setback in November 2022 when its asset base contracted to around $500 million following the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange.
  • Recent months have seen a remarkable rebound for BITO, driven by substantial inflows amid a Bitcoin rally.
  • The latest milestone comes amid increased anticipation of approval for spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US, which has fueled optimism and contributed to the renewed interest in BTC-related investment instruments.
  • Last month, Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest liquidated nearly $45 million in GBTC shares and over $150 million in Coinbase stocks.  A significant portion of the proceeds from the GBTC sale, totaling $100 million, was utilized to acquire Bitcoin Futures ETF BITO.
  • Following the move, ARK became the second-largest holder of the BITO.

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