• 15 June, 2024
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Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust Struggles with Continued BTC Outflows

Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) recently witnessed a significant downturn, with its Bitcoin holdings decreasing by 15% in just one week. Consequently, there is growing concern about the fund’s future viability. In contrast, other launched ETFs have seen their BTC investments grow, with the total investment volume surpassing $1.1 billion. This starkly contrasts GBTC, which has seen over $3.5 billion withdrawn by long-term investors.

Ki Young Ju, the Founder and CEO of cryptoquant_com, a platform specializing in on-chain analytics tools, shared a tweet highlighting the significant decrease in GBTC’s Bitcoin holdings.

Recent statistics shed light on this worrying trend. GBTC’s holdings fell sharply from 552,681.22 BTC to 536,694.93 BTC, marking a significant outflow of 15,986.29 BTC. Moreover, the fund experienced its lowest inflows since its inception, recording a mere $425 million on its ninth day of outflows.

The situation worsened on January 24 when Grayscale reduced its holdings by 12,875 BTC, equivalent to approximately $515 million. Since converting to an ETF, the total outflows have amounted to a staggering $3.96 billion. Additionally, other ETFs witnessed a substantial influx of $409 million on the same day.

Critics have pointed to GBTC’s high fees and liquidation issues as key factors driving this downturn. GBTC charges a 1.5% fee, significantly higher than its competitors. In comparison, Franklin Templeton’s Bitcoin fund offers a much lower expense ratio of 0.19%, and other funds like BlackRock and Fidelity have fees around 0.25%.

Despite the turbulence faced by GBTC, the ETF market, in general, continues to show resilience. The overall positive net inflows into the eleven funds, including those experiencing liquidations, underline the enduring appeal of cryptocurrency investments.

In conclusion, Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust faces significant challenges amidst a shifting market landscape. With declining holdings, high fees, and intense competition from lower-cost ETFs, GBTC must navigate these turbulent waters to regain its footing in cryptocurrency investment.

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