BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF (IBIT) has set a new benchmark in the cryptocurrency investment space by amassing over $2 billion in assets under management (AUM) just ten days after its trading debut, according to Bloomberg Terminal data.

BlackRock now holds almost 50,000 BTC through its ETF. The rapid accumulation reflects the strong investor interest but also marks a significant moment in the integration of digital assets into mainstream finance.

Rapid growth

Since its launch, IBIT has seen a consistent inflow of capital. In the first ten days, the fund’s strategic acquisitions and the rising value of bitcoin significantly boosted its AUM. A key moment occurred on the ninth day, with an investment surge of approximately $170 million.

This influx allowed the fund to acquire around 4,300 bitcoins, pushing its total holdings to 49,952 bitcoins. With bitcoin’s price soaring past the $40,000 mark, IBIT’s value rapidly escalated, crossing the $2 billion threshold.

The ETF’s performance is even more remarkable when viewed against the backdrop of its competitors. While Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) transitioned to a spot ETF with almost $30 billion in AUM, IBIT’s swift growth trajectory showcases the dynamic nature of cryptocurrency investments and investor confidence in BlackRock’s management.

Nate Geraci, President of ETF Store, noted that among the 600-plus ETFs launched in the past year, IBIT ranks third in asset gathering. Geraci anticipates that IBIT could soon become the leading ETF in terms of assets, a position currently held by more traditional funds.

Fidelity nipping at the heels

Fidelity Investments’ Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC) is poised to be the next fund to cross the $2 billion threshold, with holdings just shy of 44,000 BTC as of press time. The ETF has almost mirrored the performance of IBIT since its launch — recording more than $100 million in inflows on Jan. 26, with a total of $1.8 billion in ten days.

Meanwhile, Fidelity‘s day ten trading volume stood at $223.8 million, marginally higher than IBIT’s $203.7 million. This race between major financial institutions to capitalize on the burgeoning cryptocurrency market is a clear sign of the sector’s growing legitimacy and appeal.

BlackRock’s success with IBIT comes amid a broader trend of increasing institutional involvement in the crypto space. This trend reflects a significant shift in market dynamics, with traditional financial players now actively participating in what was once considered a niche market.

The success of such ETFs also indicates a maturing of the cryptocurrency market. The availability of regulated, traditional investment vehicles like ETFs makes it easier for a broader range of investors to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies, potentially leading to greater stability and reduced volatility in the crypto market.

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