CBOE Exit Means Bitcoin (BTC) Bear Market is ‘Exhausted,’ BKCM Founder Says

According to the founder of BKCM, Brian Kelly, the crypto bear market is exhausted. Speaking on CNBC Fast Money this Tuesday, the BKCM Digital Asset Fund CEO declared that the improvements in Bitcoin (BTC) growth and market sentiment since December of 2018 means the retail end of the long lingering bear market is “exhausted.”

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today – BTC / USD

Name Price24H (%)
Bitcoin (BTC)
$5,488.00
1.50%

CBOE Ditched Bitcoin (BTC) Futures at the Beginning of March

We can recall from an earlier report by CCN that CBOE opted to ditch Bitcoin futures. It announced earlier in the month of March that it has decided to stop listing XBT futures contracts for the time being. After the announcement, renowned crypto trader Mark Dow remarked that abysmal liquidity figures make believing that institutional investment is going into Bitcoin difficult.

Too Much Reliance on the Entry of Institutional Investors

During his interview on the “Fast Money” panel, Kelly spoke on the unique mixture of factors that confirm his position regarding the market. They include shifting fundamentals. He believes these factors mean Bitcoin is set to break away from the prolonged bear position. The bearish atmosphere has been on for a year now.

Regarding the matter, Kelly had this to say:

I feel we could take a look back on this and actually say that was a crypto bottom. There are s a couple of fundamentals that have occurred since the low attained last December. We have seen these underlying fundamentals improve. I feel retail is exhausted. You are beginning to see sellers exhausted and institutions are gradually moving in. Fidelity Investments is a catalyst coming in Q2 of this year. I think with those factors combined, we may look back and say ‘in the $3000’s positions is a good place to purchase Bitcoin (BTC).”

Bitcoin (BTC) and Wall Street

In other reports, Wall Street hasn’t warmed to crypto as fast as most Bitcoin bulls had expected. While this may sound plausible on paper, it must be said that there’s a little problem in such hypothesis.  Institutional investments didn’t really take off as expected. Particularly when CBOE launched its Bitcoin futures contracts back in December of 2017. It is a fact that Dow’s withering assessment of the Bitcoin liquidity is a lot closer to that mark. This raises question over the issue of what happened to the much-anticipated entry rush. Another lingering question is what is the next phase for Bitcoin (BTC)?

When challenged by the show’s host to answer this question, Brian Kelly went on to state that while the issue of institutional entry has remained “much slower than expected,” it does not on own tell the full story. Let’s take an example. Kelly says institutions now have additional avenues for Bitcoin (BTC) investments to be open to them. One example is custody. Custody allows them to directly purchase and hold BTC positions.

According to Kelly, the supporting infrastructure on the lending and shorting aspects of the leading cryptocurrency have become more “robust.” This scenario significantly reduces the need for the XBT futures in the first place.

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