Grayscale Adds $283.3 Million Of Bitcoin To GBTC, Despite Its 13% Trading Discount

The Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust continues to trade at a significant discount compared to the bitcoin it holds.

Grayscale has added $283.3 million to its premier Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) product, despite the fact that the product continues to trade at a significant discount compared to the bitcoin held within.

An update from Grayscale on April 20 indicated that GBTC had $36.1769 billion worth of assets under management (AUM), and an update on April 21 indicated that its AUM had risen to $36.4602 billion in AUM, a rise of $283.3 million. The updates indicated that Grayscale acquired almost $1 billion in different cryptocurrency assets between the two assets.

Grayscale’s significant bitcoin buy came despite the fact that GBTC is currently trading at a 13.88% negative spread between its premium and net asset value (NAV). GBTC hit a record low against NAV in March.

“The development of a negative GBTC premium throws a wrench in the popular carry trade of redeeming Grayscale shares at a premium and shorting bitcoin futures,” as Bitcoin Magazine reported at the time. “This offered a relatively risk-free yield to investors for some time, while simultaneously acting as a one-way street for locking up bitcoin. Now, with the premium deeply in the negative, the incentive has disappeared to redeem shares of GBTC, and this, unsurprisingly, is what has occurred.” 

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