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Crypto Markets Witness Surges and Collaborations: Bitcoin ETFs Hit $10 Billion in 3 Days, Ripple-Hedera Leaders’ Historic Chat, and Robinhood Boosts SHIB Holdings

In a remarkable turn of events, Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) experienced a staggering $10 billion in total trading volume within just three days. ETF analyst James Seyffart reported that Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) led the pack with a remarkable $5 billion in trading volume, followed by iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) and Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC) with $1.995 billion and $1.468 billion, respectively. This surge in trading activity signals increasing comfort among both institutional and individual investors in trading Bitcoin through traditional investment avenues. ETF analyst Eric Balchunas highlighted the astonishing comparison, noting that the trading volume of Bitcoin ETFs far surpassed the combined volume of all ETFs launched in 2023.

In a groundbreaking development for the cryptocurrency industry, Max Walker-Williams, founder of Utopian Lab, facilitated an interview between Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and Hedera co-founder Dr. Leemon Baird. This significant conversation between leaders of two prominent crypto companies hints at the potential for greater collaboration and unity within the emerging industry. During the interview, Garlinghouse expressed Ripple’s commitment to exploring collaborations, stating, “We gonna make sure that we start talking about whether we can collaborate as well.” Baird, prior to this, expressed his enjoyment in discussing tokenization on the X social media network.

Meanwhile, data from Arkham Intelligence reveals that Robinhood has expanded its holdings of Shiba Inu (SHIB) tokens by billions in just 24 hours. Noted SHIB enthusiast Lola (@CryptoLollla) shared findings that Robinhood’s SHIB balance increased from approximately 35 million SHIB to 36.454 trillion SHIB on January 16. The latest data indicates a further increase to 36.656 trillion SHIB, showcasing an addition of about 230 billion SHIB tokens. This move by Robinhood underscores the platform’s continued engagement with the popular meme cryptocurrency.

These developments collectively highlight the dynamic nature of the crypto market, marked by significant trading activity, influential collaborations, and the continuous evolution of crypto investment strategies.

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