Grayscale’s ETF Sees Record Low Outflow as Bitcoin Regains $70K

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust outflows slow down, but faces rising competition from new spot Bitcoin ETFs with lower fees.

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  • Grayscale Bitcoin Trust has shown signs of slowing cash outflows in recent weeks.
  • Grayscale has actively sought solutions to address the ongoing outflows.
  • Grayscale’s CEO has expressed confidence in the company’s ability to compete.

Grayscale Investments’ Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), a leading investment vehicle for exposure to Bitcoin, has shown signs of slowing cash outflows in recent weeks. This comes after a period of heavy selling following the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this year.

GBTC Outflows Slow, But Competition Heats Up

According to spot ETF market trackers data, GBTC recorded its lowest cash outflow in over two months on Thursday, at around $18 million. However, the total outflow since the SEC’s approval of spot ETFs remains significant, at approximately 300,700 Bitcoins, worth about $15.96 billion.

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Meanwhile, competitor spot Bitcoin ETFs, such as the iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) backed by BlackRock, have seen positive inflows exceeding $123 million as of yesterday. These newer entrants offer lower fees than GBTC’s current 1.5% sponsor fee, which is significantly higher than the industry average of around 0.25%.

Grayscale Seeks to Stem Outflows

Grayscale is actively seeking solutions to address the ongoing outflows. The company is lobbying the SEC to approve its Grayscale Bitcoin Mini Trust, a product with a lower sponsor fee to attract more investors. Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein expressed confidence in Grayscale’s ability to compete in the evolving landscape of Bitcoin investment products.

Sonnenshein remains optimistic about the future, stating: "We believe the fund has reached a point of equilibrium where anticipated outflows, such as bankruptcy selling and investor switching, are largely behind us." and "Over time, as the market matures, we expect GBTC's fees to come down."

While GBTC is experiencing a slowdown in cash outflows, the competition for investor dollars in the Bitcoin ETF market is intensifying. Grayscale’s success will depend on its ability to adapt its offerings and fee structure to remain competitive in this new environment.

On the Flipside

  • Despite the slowdown, GBTC has experienced significant outflows exceeding $15.96 billion since the approval of spot ETFs.
  • Grayscale’s approval for its lower fee Grayscale Bitcoin Mini Trust is still pending with the SEC.

Why This Matters

The slowdown in GBTC outflows suggests investors may be re-evaluating their options in a crowded Bitcoin ETF market. Grayscale’s ability to retain investors hinges on its response to competitor fees and potential regulatory approval of its lower-cost product, shaping the future landscape for how investors access Bitcoin exposure.

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To learn more about the recent surge in investor appetite for Bitcoin ETFs, read here:
Bitcoin ETFs See 4-Day Inflow Surge as Investor Appetite Grows

Curious to know if Hong Kong will be the first in Asia to approve spot Bitcoin ETFs? Read more here:
Hong Kong Eyes Spot Bitcoin ETF Approval in April

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.