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Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Faces Steep Outflows, Over $16 Billion Withdrawn Since ETF Conversion

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has been facing a notable decline, with over $166 million and more than 2,500 Bitcoin being withdrawn on Friday, April 12.

This latest withdrawal is part of a broader trend that has seen the fund’s outflows reach a staggering $16.2 billion since its transformation into a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in January, according to Farside Investors.

Throughout the month of April, daily withdrawals have ranged from $75 million to $300 million, highlighting ongoing volatility in investor activity.

This downturn in GBTC is mirrored by a general slowdown in inflows across other spot Bitcoin ETFs, pointing to a decrease in investor engagement in the sector.

Over the past week alone, GBTC experienced outflows totaling $767 million, contributing significantly to the overall negative flow observed in spot Bitcoin ETFs.

In contrast, BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust ETF has seen a more positive trajectory, with assets under management exceeding $15 billion, which is beginning to close the gap with GBTC.

Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein, speaking on April 10, hinted that the outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust might be nearing stabilization, indicating a potential uptick in trader and investor optimism. Despite this hopeful outlook, outflows have persisted.

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Sonnenshein also commented on the high fees associated with GBTC, noting its 1.5% management fee, significantly higher than the 0.30% average fee of its competitors, as a potential factor driving the outflows.

He further explained the market dynamics, stating, “Markets often exhibit high excitement when commodity or thematic exposure products first emerge.

However, these products mature as time passes, leading to market consolidation as investors focus on a few offerings.”

Despite these challenges, there have been periods of reduced outflow, such as on April 10, when the outflows dropped to $17.5 million—a sharp decline from the $154.9 million seen the previous day.

Yet, the average daily outflow since January remains high at $257.8 million.

The shift in GBTC’s structure came after a successful lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which led to its conversion to an ETF in January, alongside the introduction of nine other spot Bitcoin ETFs.

Adding to the market’s dynamics, the bankrupt crypto lending firm Genesis recently sold approximately 36 million GBTC shares to purchase 32,041 Bitcoin, reflecting ongoing shifts within the broader cryptocurrency landscape.

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