Bitcoin eclipses silver to take second place in US ETF rankings

This week, Bitcoin (BTC) was once again the talk of the financial world. Indeed, following the SEC's approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs last week, a substantial flow of money has fed this new market, leading spot Bitcoin ETFs to overtake silver ETFs in terms of assets under management (AUM). The rapid spread of this event in the financial and crypto media can be explained by the fact that silver ETFs occupied second place in the ranking of commodity ETFs in the USA. Today, therefore, Bitcoin spot ETFs are just behind gold ETFs, which retain a solid first place. Perhaps it's too early to tell, but it would seem that this achievement bears witness to the growing interest in Bitcoin as an investment product.

Bitcoin eclipses silver to take second place in US ETF rankings

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According to media outlet The Block, Bitcoin's (BTC) rise to become the second largest ETF commodity in the US marks a significant milestone for the Bitcoin market. According to the latter, this achievement is attributed to the growing demand from institutional and retail investors seeking exposure to Bitcoin. This view was also shared by Jag Kooner, Head of Derivatives at Bitfinex, who stated that "Bitcoin ETFs have exceeded silver ETFs in the U.S. in terms of size, driven by the substantial market interest they have received". He also points out that one of the reasons why Bitcoin spot ETFs have overtaken silver ETFs is that demand was expected to be strong, but had been unable to materialize until Bitcoin spot ETFs were approved.

In addition to the interest in Bitcoin spot ETFs, according to several media outlets, this event could also be explained by the conversion of Grayscale's GBTC into an ETF, bringing around $27.5 billion in liquidity to its launch and thus contributing to a significant increase in assets under management in Bitcoin spot ETFs.

Moreover, it's worth noting that several Bitcoin spot ETF issuers have offered very attractive management fees to attract investors. Some have even waived these fees for a set period. This strategy has undeniably helped propel Bitcoin spot ETFs to second place in the ETF rankings.

Finally, while there are a number of reasons why silver ETFs have overtaken Bitcoin spot ETFs, it's still a particularly remarkable achievement. On the one hand, because of silver's traditional status as a leading commodity investment. On the other hand, because of the recent nature of Bitcoin and the still limited understanding of its nature by the majority.

As a result, the rise of Bitcoin spot ETFs to second position testifies to a growing interest in Bitcoin on the financial markets, gaining credibility and recognition as an investment and portfolio diversification option.

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