The Infamous GBTC Premium Trades Negative for 10th Consecutive Day, Parent Group Announces Share Purchase

Bhushan Akolkar Bitcoin News published March 12, 2021 | modified March 12, 2021


The Infamous GBTC Premium Trades Negative for 10th Consecutive Day, Parent Group Announces Share Purchase

In an unusual situation shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) have been trading at a discount for the tenth consecutive day. It means that the share price of GBTC is falling faster than the underlying cryptocurrency.

Historically, GBTC shares have always traded at a premium wrt to the Bitcoin (BTC) price. However, the premium dropped as low as 12% of the market value of Bitcoin (BTC). Speaking on the GBTC premium turning negative, Nic Carter, of crypto-focused venture firm Castle Island Ventures, told Bloomberg:

“It became just too popular and there’s only so much demand at the end of the day by retail investors who are using Schwab or using Fidelity or a traditional brokerage.

Basically, too many funds plowed capital into this trade thinking it was a slam dunk, and then as that capital matured and the units in the trust became market-tradable, the demand that they expected to materialize wasn’t there from the market.”

Grayscale Authorizes GBTC Share Purchase

Earlier on Wednesday, March 10, Grayscale’s parent company Digital Currency Group authorized $250 million worth of purchase of the shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTCQX: GBTC). The recently discounted price of GBTC shares and the purchase announcement gave the right opportunity to Bitcoin-critic Peter Schiff to further his criticism.

Schiff stated that Grayscale shall start liquidating its holding to purchase the $250 million worth of shares announced in the buyback.

Currently, GBTC holds 655,360 BTC worth a massive $37.4 billion amounting to 3.5% of the overall circulating supply. However, Grayscale has closed any private for GBTC as of now. The official announcement on the website reads:

“The Grayscale® Bitcoin Trust private placement is offered on a periodic basis throughout the year and is currently closed”.

On the other hand, Grayscale’s latest job postings have raised strong speculations of the fund manager launching its Bitcoin ETF ahead this year.

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