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JPMorgan predicts $2.7 billion outflow from Grayscale Bitcoin Trust

EditorPollock Mondal
Published 11/24/2023, 04:43 AM
Updated 11/24/2023, 04:43 AM
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Analysts at JPMorgan have projected a potential outflow of up to $2.7 billion from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) should it successfully transition into a spot Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). This projection is based on the narrowing of GBTC's discount rate, which has recently decreased from -46% to -9.77%, indicating growing investor optimism for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of GBTC’s ETF application.

The analysis by JPMorgan, using cumulative signed dollar volume, suggests that investors are likely to capitalize on arbitrage opportunities as a result of the contracting discount rate. While Bitcoin currently trades at $37,560, GBTC shares have seen a significant 27% increase over the past month, with shares trading at $30.45 today.

The firm warns that unless GBTC reduces its management fees post-conversion—currently higher than those of ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF's 80 basis points—there could be a substantial outflow that might negatively impact Bitcoin valuations. However, analysts expect that most of the capital withdrawn will be reinvested within different Bitcoin-centric portfolios.

JPMorgan forecasts an asset reallocation from $23 billion in GBTC and $5 billion in various funds to approximately $20 billion retained by GBTC and $8 billion dispersed among other investments. Despite this, there are concerns about Grayscale’s market share and the possibility of a downturn in Bitcoin prices if investments withdraw from the cryptocurrency sphere altogether.

Earlier in September 2023, following Grayscale's legal victory, JPMorgan had anticipated mandatory SEC endorsement for spot Bitcoin ETFs, predicting competitive fee structures similar to those observed with Gold ETFs. In contrast to these expectations, ARK Investment Management and 21Shares recently adjusted their proposed spot Bitcoin ETF (ARKB) management fee upward from the initial proposal of 70 basis points to now 80 basis points. This adjustment goes against the anticipated standard closer to the US ETF average fee of approximately 54 basis points.

Investors and market participants are closely monitoring these developments as they could have significant implications for the cryptocurrency market and investment strategies moving forward.

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Grayscale has already said the fee will be reduced a long time ago.
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