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Grayscale adds 2,172 Bitcoin to its Trust on first day of trading in 2021

  • Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust adds another 2,172 BTC on the first day open for new investment in 2021.
  • Grayscale received $3.3 billion in total investments for its products in the last quarter of 2020.

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has become the most important financial product for measuring institutional adoption. High demand has led Grayscale into a “buying frenzy”, absorbing an enormous amount of BTC’s supply. That trend looks set to continue in 2021.

Data shared by the asset management firm reveals that on its first day open to new investors, Grayscale has added 2,172 BTC to the GBTC. This represents 2.41 times the Bitcoin mined in the last 48 hours.

Grayscale breaks investment records as Bitcoin Fund grows

In comparison, the Bitcoin Trust added up to 12,319 BTC during December in just one day, while the average daily purchases were at 1,500 BTC. Currently, the GBTC has $20 billion of the firm’s $24.7 billion in total assets under management (AUM), with each share of the Trust trading at $40.37.

According to the latest investment report for Q4, 2020, the firm’s products have received a total of $3.3 billion. The average weekly investment has been $250 million, with the Bitcoin Trust receiving the largest investment in that period with an average of $217 million. In contrast, Ethereum’s Trust (GETH) received $26.3 million in the same period.

Moreover, 93% of investors in Grayscale’s products are institutions, mostly asset managers. This figure and the number of funds allocated to the GBTC indicate the FOMO among institutions to gain exposure to Bitcoin. On institutional involvement, Grayscale stated in the Q4 report:

Grayscale experienced unprecedented investor demand, with approximately $3.3 billion of inflows. Investment into the Grayscale family of products surpassed $5.7 billion during 2020, more than four times the $1.2 billion cumulative inflow into the products from 2013-2019. Since inception, the Grayscale family of products has seen nearly $6.9 billion of inflows.

As a bonus, the firm reported one of the fastest growth in investment products in the world. At the beginning of 2020, Grayscale’s total assets under management stood at $2.2 billion and closed the year at $20.2 billion, as mentioned above. The firm attributes this growth to the maturity of the crypto market and its ecosystem. In that regard, Grayscale said:

This may not come as a surprise given the recent flurry of news that institutions have warmed up to Bitcoin. Indeed, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust accounted for 87% of all inflows to our product family, the highest proportion since 2Q17, further evidence of institutions looking to Bitcoin as a reserve asset. The average commitment among institutions is also growing at a significant pace.

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Reynaldo Marquez has closely followed the growth of Bitcoin and blockchain technology since 2016. He has since worked as a columnist on crypto coins covering advances, falls and rises in the market, bifurcations and developments. He believes that crypto coins and blockchain technology will have a great positive impact on people's lives.

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