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Grayscale’s Humbling: A Shift from Arrogance to Regret as Bitcoin Holdings Slip Away

Grayscale Investments, once confident in its approach, now finds itself regretting its past arrogance and high fees as its bitcoin holdings slip away from its grasp. On March 12, the company filed for a spin-off of its flagship Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) in a move aimed at providing investors with lower-fee exposure to bitcoin.

The decision comes as GBTC, which recently obtained approval to transition from a trust to an ETF, faces criticism for its relatively high fees compared to rival products. This discrepancy has been a significant factor driving investors towards competing ETFs, as previously reported by Reuters. Grayscale’s latest move involves filing to introduce a new investment vehicle, the Grayscale Bitcoin Mini Trust, which will receive a portion of the bitcoin currently held by GBTC. In return, existing GBTC shareholders will receive shares in the Mini Trust, the company announced.

Despite bitcoin reaching record highs, GBTC has experienced significant capital outflows totaling $11.05 billion since January, according to data from BitMEX Research. Meanwhile, competitors have seen inflows during the same period. Grayscale has yet to finalize the fees for the Mini Trust, as stated in the filing. Following the spin-off, both GBTC and the Mini Trust will operate as independent entities.

The company’s recent legal victory against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), resulting in the approval of spot bitcoin ETFs in January, marked a significant milestone. However, the aftermath has seen competitors like BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF and Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund attract inflows of $10.59 billion and $6.37 billion, respectively.

The excitement surrounding ETFs and speculation regarding potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve have contributed to bitcoin’s surge near $73,000. At the time of reporting.

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