Gemini Forecasts Up to $5 Billion Inflows for US Spot Ethereum ETFs in First Six Months, Eyeing 55% Price Surge

By Aaron Feuerstein July 03, 2024 In Bitcoin, Ethereum, Gemini, SEC
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  • Approval of Spot Ethereum ETFs is expected to bring US$15 billion in inflows over 18 months, boosting ETH’s market value.
  • ETH could see a 20-55% price rally if the ETH/BTC ratio returns to historical levels.
  • Institutional interest in crypto is growing, with significant inflows into BTC ETFs, indicating a positive long-term outlook for the sector.

While we wait for applicants to file their amended S1 forms for Spot Ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by July 8, we might as well whip out the old crystal ball and see what the approval would do for ETH.

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As reported earlier, crypto index fund manager Bitwise expects $US15 billion (AU$22.5 billion) to flow into the funds over the first 18 months of trading. Now crypto exchange Gemini has doubled down saying US$5 billion (AU$7.5 billion) could potentially flow into the funds in the first six months.

Combined with Grayscale’s Ethereum Trust, US spot ETH ETFs could reach US$13-$15 billion in AUM within six months. Gemini notes ETH’s market value relative to BTC is low, and inflows could boost ETH’s standing.


Given the AUM comparable in international ETF markets, robust on-chain dynamics, and differentiating factors such as a thriving stablecoin environment, there is favorable risk-reward of an ETH catch-up trade in the months to come.


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Fine-tuning that crystal ball and looking at the price of ETH. According to Gemini, ETH could see a 20% price rally based on the assumption the ETH/BTC ratio returns to the three-year median at 0.067 or even up to 55% if the ratio reaches a maximum of 0.087.

Wealth manager Canaccord Genuity said in a report that institutional interest in crypto is still growing and likely will do so with the Ether fund approval.

More than 50% of the world’s largest hedge funds are now trading/holding spot BTC ETFs, major institutions have only just started to disclose holdings and the SEC may soon approve BTC ETF options.

Canaccord Genuity

While the market may not reflect that positive sentiment at present, the analysts said the “slow and steady” pace at which crypto is being adopted leaves them optimistic for the long-term health of the sector.

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Bloomberg Senior ETF Analyst Eric Balchunas echoed this sentiment when he pointed to the gradual and consistent flow into the Spot Bitcoin ETFs, which launched in January. These funds make up only 3% of the funds launched in the first half of 2024 but accounted for “66% of the assets and about 75% of the organic flows” he added.

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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