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Jul 6, 2020

Institutional Interest: Grayscale Bought 33% of All Bitcoins Mined Over The Past 100 Days

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Grayscale Investments has increased its Bitcoin holdings by 60,000 coins in the past 100 days – equal to roughly one-third of all Bitcoin produced at that time.

Given that 88% of Grayscale’s customers fall into the institutional category, this latest finding could be a bullish indicator of how the business class views Bitcoin.

Grayscale Rapidly Increasing Bitcoin Holdings

Independent research posted to a cryptocurrency sub-Reddit tracked the number of Bitcoins in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) since 2017. The report indicated that the number of BTC held by Grayscale increased from 283,192 on Feb 7, 2020, to 343,594 on May 17, just a hundred days later. According to the trust’s official website, on May 15, 2020, the assets under management equal $3.3 billion.

“For good measure, 60,000 Bitcoins in the last 100 days is about 33 – 34% of all newly minted bitcoins in that period, give or take.” As concluded by the researcher.

For some context, in the 12 months between December 2018 and 2019, the number of Bitcoin in Grayscale’s trust increased by just 30,000 coins.

The rate of acquisition started to pick up, moving from 2019 into the current year of 2020. In the ten months between July and May of those years, respectively, the number of coins in the trust increased by 80,000.

This makes the recent accrual of 60,000 coins in just 100 days all the more remarkable. One assumption would be that the Bitcoin halving may have acted as a catalyst. That assumption would be backed up at least partially by the data, which shows a sharp increase in the rate of acquisition beginning in late April, just a few weeks before the halving.

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