Grayscale, an institutional investment firm, is said to be considering the conversion of its Bitcoin Trust into an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that can be physically settled.
Barry Silbert (CEO of Grayscale’s parent company Digital Currency Group) hinted on Oct. 17 that Grayscale plans to convert its Bitcoin Trust into an instant-settled Bitcoin Fund.
After taking to Twitter to critique the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approved cash-settled Bitcoin futures ETF, Preston Pysh, a Bitcoin commentator, asked Silbert when Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust would become a BTC settled ETF. Silbert replied, “Stay tuned.”
Barry Silbert (@BarrySilbert), October 17, 2021
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust investors seem to be uneasy about Silbert’s comments. A Twitter user, “svrgnindividual,” asked what a restructuring would mean for Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust shareholders.
“What happens to Grayscale investors after the spot ETF approval? They tweeted, “Is our investment converted to ETF shares?”
Grayscale rumours began to circulate late last week, after an anonymous CNBC report claimed Grayscale was waiting for approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission for a Bitcoin ETF.
The SEC accepted registration of securities from ProShares Trust’s futures-based Bitcoin exchange-traded fund on Oct. 15. The ETF by ProShares gives investors exposure to future price speculation on Bitcoin (BTC) that is settled in cash.
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Although the ETF’s approval was cited as the main catalyst for Bitcoin’s bullish market action, many analysts have criticised the fund’s cash-settled structure. Instead, they advocated for the SEC’s approval of a Bitcoin ETF that is backed and settled in BTC.
Grayscale’s Oct. 15 holdings update shows that the company has $52.6 billion of assets under management (AUM). 73% of this amount is in the Bitcoin Trust. Grayscale’s Bitcoin stash is estimated to contain approximately 620,000 Bitcoins, or 3.3% of Bitcoin total supply.
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