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The last 12 months witnessed unprecedented growth in global crypto assets under management (AUM), with a whopping $9.3 billion inflows flooding into the industry throughout the year.

By and large, Bitcoin investment products dominated yearly inflows, but other digital assets like Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL) and Polkadot (DOT) also gained popularity among retail investors.


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Overall, crypto investment products attracted $9.3 billion last year – 36% higher compared to 2020, per the end-of-year CoinShares report.

Digital asset investment products saw inflows totaling US$9.3bn in 2021, a 36% increase from 2020. While the increase from 2019 to 2020 was significantly higher at 806%, we believe this represents a maturing industry, with total crypto assets under management (AuM) ending the year at US$62.5bn in 2021 versus just US$2.8bn at the end of 2019, the author noted.

Bitcoin dominated the yearly inflows in 2021. The crypto asset accounted for more than 60% of the total inflows last year. BTC investment products attracted nearly $6.3 billion worth of inflows during the recent 12 months, compared to $5.4 billion in 2020.

Outflows increase in Q4

While the yearly inflows exceeded expectations, crypto investment products saw significant outflows at the end of 2021. In December, digital asset products saw recod outflows during a sizeable dip in the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum. Notably, in an environment with increasing flows, generally, this is to be expected as the tide rises and falls.

The final week of 2021 saw third-week outflows totaling US$32m, with the trend suggesting diminishing outflows following the record weekly outflows mid-December. Total outflows for the 3 weeks now total US$260m, 0.4% of AuM. Bitcoin saw total 2021 inflows of US$6.3bn versus US$5.4bn, a year-on-year increase of only 16%, the lowest growth in inflows relative to other digital asset investment products, CoinShares added.


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