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GBTC: Bitcoin ETF ‘fees will come down,’ Grayscale CEO confirms

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Does lowering GBTC’s fees benefit existing shareholders?

GBTC Bitcoin ETF 'fees will come down,' Grayscale CEO confirms

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As GBTC experiences ongoing outflows, competitors like BlackRock and Fidelity gain significant market share, prompting Grayscale to adjust its fees.

Echoing the sentiment, Michael Sonnenshein, the CEO of Grayscale, addressed concerns regarding the outflows, which amounted to $12 billion.

In a recent interview with CNBC Sonnenshein added, 

“I’ll happily confirm that, over time, as this market matures, the fees on GBTC will come down.” 

This highlighted that the fees typically start higher in the initial stages but decrease over time as market maturity and product demand increase.

The increasing GBTC’s outflows 

Since its conversion into an ETF in early January, GBTC has experienced outflows exceeding $12 billion. These significant withdrawals are largely attributed to the comparatively higher fees associated with GBTC. 

On the 18th of March, according to CoinShares, GBTC experienced its largest single daily outflow, totaling a significant $643 million in withdrawals.

Remarking on the same, Sonnenshein noted, 

“Of course, we anticipated having outflows.”

He elaborated, 

“Investors have been wanting to either take gains on their portfolio, or arbitragers coming out of the fund, or people unwinding positions that were part of bankruptcies through forced liquidation.”

Grayscale v/s BlackRock and Fidelity

Grayscale’s GBTC imposes a 1.5% management fee, notably higher than competitors like BlackRock and Fidelity. Defending Grayscale’s higher fees, Sonnenshein argued that they are justified by GBTC’s liquidity and track record. 

He suggested that lower fees offered by other ETFs are due to their lack of established track records, with issuers using fee incentives to lure investors.

“I think from our standpoint, it may at times call into question their long-term commitment to the asset class.”

In conclusion, Grayscale’s introduction of the Grayscale Bitcoin Mini Trust ETF signifies its commitment to providing cost-effective access to crypto assets. 

With lower fees than GBTC, this initiative benefits existing shareholders while awaiting SEC approval for the Ethereum Trust conversion. 



Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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