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Mixed Inflationary Signals vs. Bitcoin’s Correction Ethereum’s Dencun Upgrade and its Impact on Layer 2s Solana Nearly Surpassing ATH Across Multiple 2021 Metrics

• Mixed Inflationary Signals vs. Bitcoin’s Correction

• Ethereum’s Dencun Upgrade and its Impact on Layer 2s

• Solana Nearly Surpassing ATH Across Multiple 2021 Metrics

Mixed Inflationary Signals vs. Bitcoin’s Correction

The U.S. economy continues to send mixed signals after a period of stability in the first two months of the year. As indicated by the PPI, wholesale inflation has surged to almost double expectations at around 0.6% versus the projected 0.3%, signaling increased price pressures. However, U.S. jobs data revealed unexpected resilience in the labor market, with 209K job losses instead of the anticipated 218K. Conversely, monthly wage growth slowed to 0.1% in February, the lowest in two years. Thus, although wage inflation appears to be tapering off, job growth is outpacing expectations, adding further nuances to the Fed’s mission of taming inflation while avoiding a recession. Further, stubborn inflation suggests that the current high-interest rate regime will persist longer. This underscores the need to monitor changes closely, as tighter monetary policies dampen risk appetite in financial markets while lower rates increase the allure of asset classes such as crypto.

The latest macro data is also relevant in light of BTC’s growing correlation with the S&P 500 since the ETF launch, as it allows institutional investors to treat Bitcoin akin to a tech stock, thereby amplifying its susceptibility to macroeconomic uncertainty. This factor could explain the temporary pause in BTC’s momentum after reaching an ATH amidst the recent mixed data. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that corrections and sideways movements are healthy for Bitcoin’s market structure as they help to build a sustainable growth trajectory. On the brighter side, we expect a further influx of institutional capital into BTC, especially as Registered Investment Advisors begin accelerating the ETF approval process after their typical due diligence period. For instance, Cetera, a wealth management platform with $160B in AuM, is amongst the first to approve four ETFs for their clients, signaling broader acceptance of crypto in traditional portfolios.

Figure 1: BTC’s Correlation with S&P500

Source: The Block

Ethereum’s Dencun Upgrade and its Impact on Layer 2s

Ethereum’s long-anticipated Dencun upgrade has finally gone live on March 13. Following months of iteration to ensure that the network is ready to implement “blobs,” a new method for storing L2 transactions on Ethereum that would significantly reduce gas fees. Thus, although the Dencun upgrade doesn’t directly resolve Ethereum’s elevated fees, it alleviates the costs for scalability solutions built on top of it, such as Arbitrum and Optimism, by leveraging blobs. Less than one week following the upgrade, some Layer 2s already see more than a 90% decline in median gas fees from a month before, as shown in Figure 2. Nevertheless, we’ll continue monitoring closely, as if demand for blobs on Ethereum exceeds their storage or processing limit, the cost of utilizing them could escalate, leading to higher transaction fees across L2.

Figure 2: Dencun Upgrade Fee Comparison

Source: 21co

Although the market is adjusting to the upgrade, Ethereum declined by approximately 13% over the past week, while Optimism and Arbitrum dropped by 28% and 22%, respectively. We anticipate this volatility to persist in the coming month as the broader market takes a pause, influenced by macroeconomic factors discussed earlier, following months of positive price trends. Nevertheless, it is healthy for the market to slow down and undergo a deleveraging event after Ethereum’s open interest surged to an all-time high of $12 billion, surpassing the peak of November 2021 by $500 million. This correction is beneficial for readjusting overextended positions, curbing excessive risk-taking, and mitigating heightened volatility, particularly as we approach Q3, which will witness significant events such as the historic BTC halving event in April and the deadline for the SEC’s decision on the ETH ETF applications.

Solana Nearly Surpassing ATH Across Multiple 2021 Metrics

The recent market rally driven by BTC has led to a surge in user activity on the Solana network, reaching its highest levels in two years. While this surge is primarily fueled by a frenzy surrounding meme coins like WIF and politically themed tokens such as ”Tremp” and ”Boden,” it highlights a growing preference for Solana among new and retail users who find Ethereum’s high costs prohibitive. While the recent Dencun upgrade is expected to change this dynamic for ETH L2s, transaction costs on Solana still remain significantly lower at a fraction of the cent, attracting a large influx of new users.

For example, in the first three months of 2024, the network saw a monthly all-time high of 12-13 million new users joining, compared to a monthly average of 11 million during the heightened activity during the LUNA collapse. Additionally, daily active users have surged to 1.4 million, approaching 2021 levels of two million, while the network is on track to process double the peak transactional volume of 2021, with February recording $100T and March witnessing $60T so far, surpassing the previous peak in November 2021 of $55T. Thus, with minimal transaction fees and a plethora of tokens—over 6,000 launched daily, as shown below in Figure 3—it provides a clearer explanation for SOL’s soaring demand as users rush to purchase the token to access the network’s on-chain ecosystem, creating a reflexive demand for the token, akin to the impact on ETH during the ICO craze of 2017. The recent speculation has now pushed Solana’s market cap, not price, to break its ATH, hovering around the $90B mark while explaining why the network’s dexes are logging five times the total volume seen at the end of the last bull cycle while outpacing incumbents like Uniswap V3 on Ethereum.

Figure 3: Total Number of New Solana-Based Tokens (SPL) Created on a Daily Basis

Source: Solscan

This Week’s Calendar

Source: Forex Factory, 21Shares

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Crypto Market Espresso | 23. May 2024

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• The SEC has just approved the spot Ethereum ETFs in the US - we expect approximately 1.65 bn USD potential net inflows into US Ethereum ETFs 3 months after trading launch

• The SEC has just approved the spot Ethereum ETFs in the US – we expect approximately 1.65 bn USD potential net inflows into US Ethereum ETFs 3 months after trading launch

• If we assumed the historical ”performance multiplier” of 6.15 to Ethereum flows to be true, then a ~15% increase in global Ethereum ETF AuM would be associated with ~92% performance

• The approval marks a significant shift in sentiment within the SEC and among US regulators in general but US investors still received inferior investment vehicles compared to European vehicles

6.5 years

The SEC has just approved spot Ethereum ETFs for trading in the US.
Although the exact date of trading launch is unknown and could take a few months, this approval marks a significant shift in sentiment within the SEC and US regulators in general.

The Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETHE) was launched on 14 December 2017. It was the first investment vehicle that allowed professional investors to gain exposure to the second largest cryptoasset – Ethereum.

Nearly 6.5 years later, US investors finally have a more efficient investment vehicle to participate in Ethereum’s performance.

US ETF issuers made last-minute adjustments to their 19b-4 filings to meet the final deadline for the SEC’s decision on VanEck’s spot Ethereum ETF application, which was due on 23 May.

Bloomberg ETF analysts had previously commented that approval could come as early as Wednesday this week, beating consensus expectations for a later approval date. Other applicants included the same companies that applied for a spot bitcoin ETF previously, such as iShares and Fidelity.

The sudden increase in approval odds caught many by surprise, as Bloomberg ETF analysts unexpectedly raised their approval odds from 25% to 75% after the SEC asked exchanges to expedite their 19b-4 filings. Meanwhile, the odds of approval by the end of May on popular betting sites also jumped to over 50%, up from 10% just a few days earlier.

This unexpected rise in approval odds also surprised Ethereum futures short sellers, causing short liquidations in Ethereum futures contracts to surge to their highest level since March.

This caused the price of Ethereum to jump more than 10% in a matter of hours,
reversing much of its underperformance against bitcoin this year.

So, the market had already started to anticipate a potential approval.

But what’s next?

How many fund flows should we expect?

Many market observers have tried to guide down expectations for an Ethereum ETF trading launch.

The reason is that the Ethereum spot ETF approval is coming after a bonanza in fund flows into US spot Bitcoin ETFs which is why Bloomberg ETF analysts expect only around 10%-15% of Bitcoin ETF flows to flow into Ethereum ETFs.

At the time of writing, US spot Bitcoin ETFs have already seen cumulative net fund inflows in the amount of +13.2 bn USD since trading launch on the 11th of January 2024.

12.5% of that amount would imply approximately 1.65 bn USD potential net inflows into US Ethereum ETFs.

This amount would currently be equivalent to ~15% of current global Ethereum ETP assets-under-management (AuM) or around 0.7% of Ethereum’s realized cap, i.e. the amount invested on-chain.

What could be the price effect of this approval?

Nonetheless, this amount of capital could potentially still have a very significant impact on Ethereum’s performance going forward.

The reason is that Ethereum’s performance has shown a significantly higher sensitivity to global ETP flows than Bitcoin in the past.

While Bitcoin’s performance sensitivity to global ETP flows was around ~1.0, Ethereum’s performance has shown an average sensitivity of around 6.15 to global ETP flows in the past.

In other words, an increase of global ETH ETP AuM by 1% per week was associated with an average ETH/USD performance of 6.15% per week.

Now, if we assumed the abovementioned ”multiplier” of 6.15 to be true, then a ~15% increase in global Ethereum ETF AuM would be associated with ~92% performance!

That being said, the sensitivity of Ethereum’s performance to weekly ETP flows can vary significantly over time and has been around ~10.5 more recently.

As a caveat, keep in mind that correlation does not imply causation and that higher net inflows could possibly not cause increases in price.

More specifically, we estimate that global Ethereum ETP flows could only explain around 19.6% in the variation of Ethereum over the past 6 months. So, other factors such as macro or coin-specific factors have played a larger role.

What’s special about these Ethereum ETFs?

The approval marks a significant shift in sentiment within the SEC and US regulators more general. The recent passing of the “crypto bill” in the US senate has demonstrated that there is bipartisan consensus on the importance of cryptoassets for the United States.

The fact that the Trump campaign has recently started accepting crypto donations for campaign finance speaks volumes in this regard as Trump had personally shown a rather anti-crypto stance in the past.

Thus, viewed more broadly within the context of recent domestic political developments in the US, this approval could be evidence of a more mainstream acceptance of cryptoassets as a legitimate asset class.

However, US investors still receive a suboptimal investment vehicle for Ethereum:
The creation-redemption mechanism is still not done in kind and staking has not been allowed within the filings. Thus, US investors won’t be able to fully capture Ethereum’s total return profile via staking returns that currently amount to around 3.2% p.a.

European investors are once again better served with products that allow investors to participate in these total returns such as the ETC Group Ethereum Staking ETP.

Bottom Line

• The SEC has just approved the spot Ethereum ETFs in the US – we expect approximately 1.65 bn USD potential net inflows into US Ethereum ETFs 3 months after trading launch

• If we assumed the historical ”performance multiplier” of 6.15 to Ethereum flows to be true, then a ~15% increase in global Ethereum ETF AuM would be associated with ~92% performance

• The approval marks a significant shift in sentiment within the SEC and among US regulators in general but US investors still received inferior investment vehicles compared to European vehicles

This is not investment advice. Capital at risk. Read the full disclaimer

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Ny aktiv ETF från First Trust på Xetra

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Från och med går handlas en ny börshandlad fond, en aktiv ETF från First Trust på Xetra och via handelsplatsen Börse Frankfurt.

Från och med går handlas en ny börshandlad fond, en aktiv ETF från First Trust på Xetra och via handelsplatsen Börse Frankfurt.

First Trust Vest U.S. Equity Moderate Buffer UCITS ETF – May (GMAY) driver en aktivt förvaltad investeringsstrategi med syftet att spåra resultatet för S&P 500 Index upp till ett fast uppsidatak. Samtidigt strävar fonden efter att minimera förluster (buffert) för de första 15-procentiga kursfallen i slutet av den definierade målperioden på ett kalenderår. Investeringsförvaltaren investerar hela tillgången i FLEX-optioner, som både säljs och köpoptioner.

Buffertstrategin börjar och slutar i maj varje år och balanseras sedan om genom att fonden investerar i ett nytt paket med FLEX-optioner. Taket beräknas på första referensdatum beroende på marknadsförhållanden, medan bufferten alltid ligger oförändrad på 15 procent. Det aktuella taket och buffertdetaljerna finns tillgängliga på First Trusts webbplats.

NamnISINAvgiftUtdelningspolicy
First Trust Vest U.S. Equity Moderate Buffer UCITS ETF – MayIE000P0FL8E30,85Ackumulerande

Produktutbudet i Deutsche Börses XTF-segment omfattar för närvarande totalt 2 163 ETFer. Med detta urval och en genomsnittlig månatlig handelsvolym på cirka 14 miljarder euro är Xetra den ledande handelsplatsen för ETFer i Europa.

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JSUD ETF köper amerikanska företag som följer Parisavtalet

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JPMorgan US Research Enhanced Index Equity SRI Paris Aligned UCITS ETF USD (dist) (JSUD ETF), med ISIN IE0002UMVXQ1 är en aktivt förvaltad ETF.

JPMorgan US Research Enhanced Index Equity SRI Paris Aligned UCITS ETF USD (dist) (JSUD ETF), med ISIN IE0002UMVXQ1 är en aktivt förvaltad ETF.

JP Morgan US Research Enhanced Index Equity SRI Paris Aligned Strategy investerar i amerikanska företag. ETF strävar efter att generera en högre avkastning än MSCI USA SRI EU PAB Overlay ESG Custom-index. Aktierna som ingår filtreras enligt ESG-kriterier (miljö, social och bolagsstyrning). Dessutom beaktas EU:s direktiv om klimatskydd.

Den börshandlade fondens TER (total cost ratio) uppgår till 0,20 % p.a. JPMorgan US Research Enhanced Index Equity SRI Paris Aligned UCITS ETF USD (dist) är den billigaste och största ETF som följer JP Morgan US Research Enhanced Index Equity SRI Paris Aligned index. ETFen replikerar det underliggande indexets prestanda genom samplingsteknik (köper ett urval av de mest relevanta indexbeståndsdelarna). Utdelningarna i ETFen delas ut till investerarna (Årligen).

ETF lanserades den 9 augusti 2023 och har sin hemvist i Irland.

Investeringsmål

Delfondens mål är att uppnå en långsiktig avkastning som överstiger MSCI USA SRI EU PAB Overlay ESG Custom Index* (”riktmärket”) genom att aktivt investera i huvudsak i en portfölj av amerikanska företag samtidigt som man anpassar sig till målen för Parisavtalet.

Riskprofil

Värdet på aktierelaterade värdepapper kan sjunka såväl som upp som svar på enskilda företags resultat och allmänna marknadsförhållanden, ibland snabbt eller oförutsägbart. Om ett företag går i konkurs eller en liknande finansiell omstrukturering förlorar dess aktier vanligtvis det mesta eller hela sitt värde.

Uteslutning av företag som inte uppfyller vissa kriterier från delfondens investeringsuniversum kan leda till att delfonden presterar annorlunda jämfört med liknande fonder som inte har en sådan policy.

Delfonden strävar efter att ge en avkastning över Benchmark; Delfonden kan dock prestera sämre än jämförelseindexet.

Handla JSUD ETF

JPMorgan US Research Enhanced Index Equity SRI Paris Aligned UCITS ETF USD (dist) (JSUD ETF) är en europeisk börshandlad fond. Denna fond handlas på flera olika börser, till exempel Deutsche Boerse Xetra och London Stock Exchange.

Det betyder att det går att handla andelar i denna ETF genom de flesta svenska banker och Internetmäklare, till exempel DEGIRONordnet, Aktieinvest och Avanza.

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BörsValutaKortnamn
gettexEURJSUD
London Stock ExchangeUSDJSUD
XETRAEURJSUD

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