Research: Grayscale Investments to Control 1% BTC

Looks like this large player see new possibilities in the crypto market fall
06 December 2018   315

2018 can already be considered one of the worst for the cryptocurrency market, however some large players did not fail to take advantage of falling prices to increase the size of their assets. One of them was Grayscale Investments, which included Bitcoin Fund Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) at the beginning of December, controlled more than 200,000 BTC, Bitcoinist writes, citing a study of Diar.

As noted, 17.4 million bitcoins are currently released, which means that GBTC, on behalf of its investors, holds about 1% of the entire issue. This also puts Grayscale at the top of the list of institutional cryptocurrency investments.

At the same time, Barry Silbert’s part of the Digital Currency Group is to accumulate additional bitcoins on a monthly basis. Speaking as a cryptocurrency holder for its clients, GBTC earns 2% in the form of an annual commission on the amount of savings, so this tactic from a business perspective is definitely justified.

At the same time, the fall in Bitcoin prices in 2018 also means that the value of GBTC-controlled assets in dollar terms is decreasing. At the beginning of December, this figure was $ 826 million - the lowest figure for the entire year.

However, Bitcoin is not the only cryptocurrency to which large investors turned when the market fell. In the same study, Diar said that in the first 11 months of 2018 more coins appeared in the wallets actively trading Ethereum whales than in any other period in the history of this cryptocurrency. So, at the end of November, the large holders of Ethereum had 80% more coins than in January.

SEC to Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
20 February 2019   121

For the first time since August of last year, two proposals on the creation of a Bitcoin-ETF are under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The application of VanEck and SolidX, issued in cooperation with the Cboe BZX exchange, as expected, was included in the Federal Register issue this Wednesday, with which the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched. The application of Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca was published last week.

I … hope that our investment in regulatory and market education, hard work and commitment will be honored when the time comes.
 

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of digital asset strategy, VanEck

The head of Bitwise’s research department, Matt Hogan, believes that not only firms that have submitted bids to create Bitcoin-ETFs are looking for approvals, but and the entire “extremely fast-growing” crypto industry.

A year ago there was maybe one qualified crypto custodian … and now there are half-a-dozen, and that number will go up from here. A little more than year ago, we didn’t have futures. A year ago we didn’t have nearly as many firms making markets. A few months ago, you didn’t have folks like Fidelity announced in the space. It’s evolving really, really quickly.
 

Matt Hougan

Global head of research, Bitwise

 As reported, ultimately, however, a bitcoin ETF approval will depend on how companies approach their proposals.