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Coinbase Assures Genesis GBTC Sell-Off Won’t Rattle Crypto Markets

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase opines that the sanction for bankrupt crypto lending firm Genesis to offload its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares will not disrupt the crypto market.

It contends that the majority of the funds will re-enter the crypto ecosystem, resulting in a neutral impact on the market.

Genesis received approval from a bankruptcy judge on Feb. 14 to liquidate approximately £1.3 billion worth of GBTC to reimburse creditors.

Nevertheless, since Grayscale Investments obtained approval to convert GBTC into a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) on Jan. 10, GBTC has witnessed outflows exceeding £5 billion.

There are concerns within the crypto industry that Genesis’ recent approval to sell-off GBTC shares could further depress the price of Bitcoin.

In its weekly report, Coinbase argued that although it remains uncertain whether the additional GBTC outflows will enter other spot Bitcoin ETFs or go directly into Bitcoin for creditor reimbursement, it believes the funds will likely remain within the crypto ecosystem.

“Our view is that much of these funds will likely remain within the crypto ecosystem, contributing to a neutral overall effect in the market,” Coinbase stated.

The bankruptcy plan permits Genesis to either convert GBTC shares into the underlying Bitcoin asset for creditors or sell the shares outright and distribute the cash.

The confirmation hearing is set for Feb. 26.

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Genesis holds 35.9 billion shares of GBTC, 8.7 million shares of the Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETHE), and 3 million shares of the Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETCG).

Furthermore, it emphasised that net inflows for Bitcoin ETFs in the initial 30 days surpassed those of State Street’s SPDR Gold Shares ETF in its debut month.

Sam Callaghan, senior analyst at Swan Bitcoin, mentioned in an X post that there will be some “netting” in the crypto market due to Genesis’ GBTC sales.

However, Callaghan expressed uncertainty regarding the number of creditors who will sell their Bitcoin holdings.

Meanwhile, Bitfinex head of derivatives Jag Kooner indicated to Cointelegraph that the significant discount offered to GBTC investors was a primary driver for the high volume of share selling in recent weeks.

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