Institutional and Retail Interest in Cryptoassets is Waning, New Report Shows

  • The Tie published data showing that institutional interest in crypto-assets is on the decline. 
  • Market sentiment from retail investors has also dropped for bitcoin and altcoins. 

New data shows that institutional interest in bitcoin and cryptoassets is on the decline, despite the price rallying from last year’s lows.

Bakkt's Slow Start

Crypto enthusiasts and retail investors have, according to some analysts hung on news of institutional investment for the last year as a way to take the industry to new heights. However, it appears interest from banks and large financial institutions is on the decline. 

Bakkt, the highly anticipated bitcoin custodial and derivatives trading platform, was viewed pre-launch as a potential gateway for institutional investment. Despite the early hype, the exchange kicked off to lackluster results, generating around $5.8 million in volume through its first week of trading. 

The platform’s launch was so underwhelming that Ikigai Asset Management founder Travis Kling told Yahoo Finance it contributed to bitcoin’s price fall from $10K to $8K in the final weeks of September. 

The research division of leading crypto exchange Binance came to a similar conclusion, writing in their monthly report

One possible reason, explaining Bitcoin’s price drop, could be the general indifference towards the much-hyped release of Bakkt, as BTC prices dropped over $1,000 a day or so after trading began.

Institutional Interest Declining 

While many analysts believe Bakkt’s slow start will prove transient in the long run, other data suggests that institutional interest in cryptoassets may be falling short of expectation.

Crypto analytics firm The Tie, which measures market sentiment, pricing, and on-chain data, found that institutional interest in headlines has plummeted over the last several months. The firm indexed more than 85,000 publication headlines to compile a chart on the industry’s portrayal of large capital investment, 

Market Sentiment and Tweet Volume

The Tie co-founder Joshua Frank also appeared on BLOCK TV Oct. 3 to explain that market sentiment and retail interest in crypto-assets, particularly altcoins, is on the decline. 

Bitcoin has also seen a drop in social media conversations. According to Frank, 

Tweet volume for these [altcoins] is down eighty to ninety percent, which signifies that retail interest within those assets and within crypto more broadly tends to be waning. We were seeing about 80,000 bitcoin tweets a day at the end of 2017. That number has since dropped to 28,000. So it’s a very significant drop.

Frank went on to give his take for investor sentiment across the marketplace, 

Despite waning market sentiment and institutional interest, crypto-asset futures trading appears to be on the rise. Bakkt may have had a slow start, but Binance’s recently launched futures product generated more than $170 million in swaps on its first day. Since launching in early September, the platform has compiled nearly $2 billion in weekly derivatives trading volume.

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Rng Security Camera Hackers Start Demanding Bitcoin Payments From Victims

The owners of a Ring doorbell security camera in Texas have been targeted by a bitcoin extortion attempt, which they managed to thwart simply by removing the device’s batteries to shut it off. The case, nevertheless, shows Ring security camera hackers are now demanding cryptocurrency payments.

According to a report published by WFAA, spotted by Gizmodo, 28-year-old Tania Amador revealed her Ring security system was hacked by hackers looking to cash in on their access to the device, by demanding a ransom of 50 bitcoin, equivalent to around $360,000.

Speaking to WFAA Amador stated:

I was asleep and our Ring alarm was going off like an intruder had entered our home. Then we heard a voice coming from our camera.

The voice initially started claiming to be from Ring’s support team, notifying the homeowner her account had been terminated by a hacker. It soon added that if the didn’t pay the 50 bitcoin ransom, she would be terminated as well.

The situation appeared to turn worse for Amador and her partners, as the hackers managed to make it look like they were just outside her door after compromising the security camera, adding to the pressure of the situation. Their response was to reach the device and remove its batteries.

Without their batteries, the hijacked cameras simply went off and the bitcoin extortion attempt ended. Ring has notably been at the center of a controversy after various reports pf its doorbell cameras being hacked started emerging. A report by Motherboard showed that on hacking forums, software used to hack these devices is being sold for as little as $6.

This type of software is often sold on the dark web, where vendors even list Black Friday deals to appeal to their customers. Speaking to WFAA, a home security firm claimed that these security breaches were a result of third-party data breaches that include Ring account details, and not a security flaw within Ring’s security system itself.

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