The report stated that investment product trading volumes remain high, averaging $670 million per day last week — representing 5.4% of total Bitcoin trading volumes. Grayscale remains the largest institutional crypto asset fund with a record $33.4 billion in assets under management (AUM) as of Feb. 8. Grayscale’s Ethereum Trust has been growing in terms of the total share of the AUM figure and has now reached over $5 billion which equates to over 15%. The Bitcoin Trust still contains the lion’s share of all investments, however, with 82% of the total.
CoinShares reports that 21Shares is the second-largest institutional fund by weekly inflows with almost $21 million, followed by WisdomTree with $11.5 million. Many pundits expected the launch of CME’s Ether futures would be followed by a sharp crash to repeat the collapse in prices that followed the launch of Bitcoin futures in December 2017. However, Ethereum rallied after contracts launched, posting a new all-time high of $1,780 on Feb. 9. ETH last changed hands for $1,750 at the time of writing.