Spot Bitcoin ETF Holders Reach Record 5% of Total BTC Supply

Spot Bitcoin ETF holdings surpass 1 million BTC, highlighting growing institutional interest in the cryptocurrency.

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  • Massive institutional investment in Bitcoin has been revealed.
  • This institutional dominance has dwarfed even industry giants like Michael Saylor’s holdings.
  • The involvement of big players like BlackRock and Grayscale has fueled optimism for Bitcoin’s future.

The cryptocurrency market is abuzz with the news that Spot Bitcoin ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund) issuers now hold a significant chunk of the total Bitcoin (BTC) supply. This development highlights the growing institutional interest in Bitcoin and could potentially trigger a price surge for the leading cryptocurrency.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs Accumulate Over 1 Million Coins

Data from blockchain analytics firm Dune reveals that Spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States collectively hold around 842,000 BTC, representing roughly 4.27% of the total 21 million Bitcoins in circulation. This translates to a staggering $57.2 billion worth of Bitcoin under the management of Spot ETF issuers.


Taking the global perspective, a screenshot shared on X by Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy co-founder, indicates that global Spot Bitcoin ETF holdings have surpassed the 1 million BTC mark, reaching approximately 1,002,343 BTC. This signifies that these institutional investors now hold “one Nakamoto of BTC,” a term referencing the presumed inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Interestingly, the global ETF holdings are currently five times larger than Saylor’s own Bitcoin holdings, which stand at 214,400 BTC. This highlights the growing dominance of institutional players in the Bitcoin market.

The rise of Spot Bitcoin ETFs can be attributed to the participation of prominent asset management companies like BlackRock, Grayscale, and Fidelity Investments. According to Arkham Investments, a blockchain analytics platform, Grayscale and BlackRock are the top contenders in the global Spot Bitcoin ETF arena. 

A Breakdown of Top Holdings

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) holds approximately 288,084 BTC, while BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) boasts holdings of 284,027 BTC. Other notable players in the Spot Bitcoin ETF space include Fidelity, with their Wise Origin Bitcoin BTC (FBTC) holding 154,370 BTC, Active Bitcoin Futures Strategy ETF (ARKA) holding 48,444 BTC, and Bitwise Bitcoin ETF (BITB) holding 36,092 BTC.


The surge in institutional demand for Bitcoin through Spot ETFs echoes the positive sentiment witnessed earlier this year. Following the approval of Spot Bitcoin ETFs in January, Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed to a new all-time high above $73,000 in March. This growth coincided with increased adoption of Bitcoin, fueled in part by the ease of access provided by Spot ETFs.

The increasing involvement of institutional investors through Spot Bitcoin ETFs signifies a maturing cryptocurrency market. This trend, coupled with positive technical indicators, suggests a bright future for Bitcoin in the coming months.

On the Flipside

  • Investors in Spot ETFs don’t directly hold Bitcoin, but rather shares in a fund. This could limit their ability to access or use the underlying Bitcoin.
  • While a larger institutional presence suggests market maturity, it also concentrates a significant portion of Bitcoin supply in the hands of a few ETF issuers.

Why This Matters

With institutional investors like BlackRock and Fidelity now holding a significant chunk of Bitcoin via Spot ETFs, this legitimizes the cryptocurrency and injects billions into the market. This unprecedented level of institutional involvement could trigger another price surge for Bitcoin, similar to the one witnessed earlier this year, impacting the overall trajectory of the market.

If you’re interested in the world of Bitcoin ETFs, this might be a good follow-up read:
Blackrock’s IBIT Ousts GBTC as the World’s Largest Bitcoin Fund

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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.