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Amid bearish chaos Grayscale BTC and ETH, premium rates hit record…

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The cryptocurrency market has witnessed a significant crash in the last few days. Bitcoin along with altcoins suffered a major crash that saw coins reaching levels never seen below. Needless to say, the unexpected fall sent shockwaves across the market.

Not so ‘premium’ anymore 

The negative premium of trust products such as Grayscale Bitcoin and Ethereum reached a record high as reported by Wu Blockchain. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust had a negative premium of 30.65%. The market price per share witnessed a similar fate as it fell to 18.31 as seen in the graph below.

Source: Yahoo Finance

Furthermore, Ethereum Trust had a negative premium of 33.71% whereas ETC Trust- had a negative premium of 54.55%.

Source: Coinglass

Overall, Bitcoin funds reduced their holdings of 1,059 BTC, and Ethereum funds reduced their holdings of 6,395 ETHs. The said development could trigger two possibilities. One, investors/traders could buy the respective coins at a discounted price. Also, as highlighted by Peter Schiff, it could show a sense of desperation as stated in a 13 May tweet.

The Grayscale Bitcoin trust is now trading at a 32% discount to its NAV. That shows just how desperate GBTC owners are to get rid of their Bitcoin exposure. But for those who do want Bitcoin there’s no reason to buy it when you can get 47% more Bitcoin by buying GBTC instead.”

The current negative premium rate shows that the secondary market’s demand is sluggish.

Tables have turned

GBTC has maintained a very high positive premium rate (up to 20% or more) for a long time in the past, which is mainly due to the high investment threshold of Grayscale investment products. The Lock-up mechanism and non-redeemable features have resulted in strong long-term buying demand in the secondary market, further increasing the premium rate.

Even, Morgan Stanley’s three funds increased their GBTC shares by an average of 60% in the third quarter of last year. Based on GBTC’s primary market price of $35.07 per share, the investment bank’s Bitcoin exposure is worth more than $230 million. In addition, on 26 January, Kingfisher Capital, a North Carolina-based wealth management firm, reported that it held 114,350 shares of GBTC as of 31 December.

Moreover, one shouldn’t forget about Grayscale’s personal fight with SEC to convert GBTC into a Bitcoin ETF, but the regulator is yet to approve a physical-based Bitcoin fund.


Shubham is a full-time journalist/ Crypto data analyst at AMBCrypto. A Master's graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham's writings mainly focus on the cryptocurrency sector with particular emphasis on market research studies and communications for >2 years. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.
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