By: Eva Baxter
Potential conversion of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) into an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) could lead to an estimated outflow of $2.7 billion, leading to potential market instability. The Trust's current discount to Bitcoin's market price has shown contraction, hinting at expectations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approving it for ETF status. Analyses of this phenomenon suggests that traders expect to profit from the discount post ETF conversion leading to an influx into GBTC.
The anticipation of the reversal of this inflow is due to investors wanting to exploit the arbitrage opportunity as the discount to the net asset value diminishes. If post-conversion GBTC does not significantly reduce its current fee of 200 basis points, the outflow amount could escalate. While some analysts express concern about the potential impact of this withdrawal on Bitcoin prices, experts suggest a possibility of the capital being rechanneled into other Bitcoin instruments. This can offer some stability to the market, but if the finances exit the Bitcoin space entirely, it could result in a price downturn.
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