GBTC volumes reach new highs, does this mean good news for BTC?

By AMBCrypto July 18, 2023 In Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Grayscale Investments
  • Graysacale’s GBTC volume begins to surge suggesting bullish sentiment in fiat markets.
  • Whales start showing interest in Bitcoin as the number of addresses holding more than 1 Bitcoin rise.

Over the last month, Bitcoin[BTC] stagnated around the $30,000 and $31,000 levels, prompting concerns among investors about a potential price decline. The prolonged period of stability led to uncertainty regarding the cryptocurrency’s future performance, with investors closely monitoring market trends and indicators for any signs of price movement.

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How does Grayscale come into the picture?

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Bitcoin, there was a huge amount of interest shown in Grayscale’s GBTC. For context, Grayscale Investments, a cryptocurrency asset management firm, offers an investment product known as Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). This trust functions by holding Bitcoin as its underlying asset. Thus, enabling investors to participate in Bitcoin’s price movements without possessing the cryptocurrency directly.

Investors can acquire GBTC shares through brokerage accounts that offer indirect ownership of Bitcoin through the trust. GBTC’s primary objective is to mirror the Bitcoin market price and provide institutional and accredited investors with a conventional means of investing in Bitcoin within traditional investment accounts.

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According to recent data, Grayscale’s GBTC experienced a surge in daily volumes, reaching the highest level of the year. This increase was attributed to a rise in spot ETF filings and a decrease in the discount to net asset value.

The daily volumes for Grayscale’s largest fund product peaked at $183 million on 13 July, following a previous high of $170 million on June 20. These figures indicated strong investor interest and activity in GBTC during these specific periods.

Source: TheBlock

The growing interest in GBTC signals that investors in the fiat markets also want to gain exposure to Bitcoin going forward. It indicates that investors in the fiat sector expect BTC’s price to rise even further in the future.

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Whales come along for the ride

The hopeful approach was showcased by players in the cryptocurrency space as well. Glassnode’s data showed that the number of addresses holding more than BTC coins reached an all-time high (ATH) of 1,009,850. This milestone indicated a notable surge in the number of large addresses holding the king coin. This showcased that whales were starting to show interest in Bitcoin as well.

Factors such as the approval of BTC’s ETF and SEC’s regulations could have played a huge role in determining BTC’s price going forward.

Source: glassnode

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