Bitcoin ETFs poised for inflows from US pension plans, Standard Chartered analyst says | Future Focus

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On this week's episode of Yahoo Finance Future Focus, our host Brian McGleenon spoke to Standard Chartered Head of Crypto Research Geoff Kendrick, who shared his insights into the evolving landscape where traditional finance incumbents, such BlackRock and Franklin Templeton, are involving themselves in the cryptocurrency sphere via the recently launched spot bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs). A spot bitcoin ETF is a financial product that investors hope will pave the way for mainstream capital to flood the crypto market. Currently, the indications are favorable, with fund managers having allocated over $4 billion in net inflows to the eleven spot bitcoin ETFs approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 11. Kendrick anticipates a shift in the US 401K market, with retirement fund managers expected to allocate funds to the recently launched ETFs. Additionally, he projected an overall net inflow of approximately $50 billion to $100 billion into spot bitcoin ETFs in 2024. Regarding ether, he foresees the approval of spot ether ETFs by the SEC in May, leading to a net inflow ranging between $20 billion and $35 billion into spot ether ETFs throughout 2024.