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April Sees a Decrease in Crypto Spot Trading Speed

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Cryptocurrency Spot Trading Cools as Interest Rate Cuts Become Less Likely

Cryptocurrency spot trading experienced a significant cooldown last month, marking the first decline in seven months. This shift was attributed to a decrease in the likelihood of interest rate cuts and slower inflows into U.S.-listed spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), according to a report by Seeking Alpha citing data from CCData.

In April, spot market volume on exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, and Kraken dropped by 32.6% to $2.01 trillion, while monthly derivatives trading volume fell by 24.1% to $4.57 trillion, its first decrease in three months. This decline was influenced by unexpected macroeconomic data, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, and negative net flows from U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs, causing major crypto assets to retrace gains made in March.

Bitcoin, in particular, saw a nearly 15% drop last month, falling below $60,000 and ending a seven-month streak that included a record high of over $73,000 in March. The surge in bitcoin prices was largely driven by speculation surrounding regulatory approval of spot ETFs and the bitcoin halving event.

However, crypto custody firm Bakkt remains optimistic about the market, stating that the SEC’s approval of bitcoin ETFs will attract institutional investors to play a larger role in cryptocurrency trading. In the first quarter of the year, Bakkt reported a 324% increase in crypto trading volume compared to the previous quarter, indicating growing interest from institutional investors.

Bakkt’s president and CEO, Andy Main, highlighted the need for a purpose-built crypto trading platform to cater to the specific requirements of institutional investors, as the current market structure primarily serves retail investors. As institutional demand for bitcoin ETFs rises, there is a growing recognition that the existing trading infrastructure may not meet their large-scale needs.

Overall, despite the recent cooldown in cryptocurrency spot trading, industry experts remain optimistic about the future of the market, especially with the potential influx of institutional investors and the continuous evolution of trading platforms to meet their demands.

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