Cryptocurrency investment funds recorded a sizable increase in inflows last week, signaling that institutional investors were still gaining exposure to digital assets despite extreme volatility in the market.
Digital asset investment products registered $36 million in cumulative inflows for the week ending Feb. 27, according to CoinShares data. Regionally, new investments were heavily one-sided, with the Americas seeing $95 million worth of inflows and European investment products registering $59 million in outflows.
Inflows into Bitcoin (BTC) products increased by $17 million, marking the fifth consecutive week of inflows totaling $239 million over that period. Ether (ETH) products saw minor inflows at $4.2 million. Investors reduced their holdings of most altcoin products, with Solana (SOL) and Litecoin (LTC) funds registering $2.6 million and $500,000 in outflows, respectively.
Inflows into Bitcoin products have flipped positive for 2022, a sign that institutional investors were re-accumulating after a period of significant volatility. They continued to buy into BTC funds last week even as tensions in Eastern Europe escalated with Russia launching military operations in neighboring Ukraine. According to CoinShares data, volumes on crypto exchanges that trade in Russian Rubles soared 121% over the past week.
Crypto markets appeared unaffected by geopolitical tensions on Monday even as equities succumbed to fresh selling pressure. The Bitcoin price traded as high as $41,476 on the day, according to Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView. Stocks, meanwhile, were down over 1%.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro also revealed a sizable uptick in trading volumes, with BTC turnover 27% higher than average.