Bitcoin continued its climb towards all-time highs, bolstered by optimism over the upcoming launch of the first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund in the US by asset manager ProShares.
The largest cryptocurrency rose as much as 2.6% on Tuesday to trade around $62,961. It’s more than doubled this year in volatile trading. The April record is just under $64,870.
ProShares plans to start the fund on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. The move is the latest sign of how cryptocurrency-related investments are becoming more mainstream.
“It’s an incredibly bullish week — there’s been really positive sentiment around the ETF in particular,” Sam Bankman-Fried, chief executive officer of exchange FTX, said by phone.
The prospect of increased interest in Bitcoin from institutional and retail investors is bolstering the token, whose 2021 climb dwarfs the returns from traditional assets like stocks, bonds and gold. That’s a marked change from mid-year, when worries about its energy usage and a harsh crypto crackdown in China sent prices tumbling below $30,000.
“So far in October, Bitcoin has crushed all the other crypto indexes, signaling that the Bitcoin season has started,” wrote strategists in an Arcane Research report. Meanwhile, global open interest denominated in the cryptocurrency has increased by 23%, they said, marking the fastest 18-day increase in more than seven months. Futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have led the way in the rise in open interest and sit near record highs of almost $4 billion.
Other coins are also up so far this week, including second-largest token Ether. The Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index is hovering around the highest levels since May.