Grayscale Investments is bringing crypto assets to the mainstream with its OTC trusts. The recent launch of Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) trusts have ushered in massive increases in value.
Six Billion and Counting
With over $6 billion dollars in crypto assets under management (AUM), Grayscale Investments is rolling in the money. With the public listing of the Litecoin (LTCN) and Bitcoin Cash (BCHG) trusts, that number is likely to keep growing.
While institutional investors can access these assets through crypto exchanges, they are apparently opting to do so in traditional markets. And whoever they are, there are a lot of them.
On Wednesday, just one day after the launch, the Litecoin Trust was selling at a 753% premium to the NAV (Net Asset Value), according to Arcane Research. This means that a share of the trust (which mainly holds Litecoin) is worth over seven times its net value.
This morning the quote for LTCN was $65 and the number of Litecoin per share equates to $5.50. (According to the Grayscale website, each share has 0.09400225 in Litecoin). The price of 1 Litecoin on crypto markets was about $61 at the time of writing.
Still, buying in on Wednesday could have been profitable. The premium at the trust’s peak of $78.74 was about 1400%.
Similarly, the Bitcoin Cash Trust was trading quite a bit over the NAV. Grayscale says each share of BCHG has 0.00940023 Bitcoin Cash. With the current price at $293.70, that means each share is worth $2.76. The Trust, however, is trading at $18.03, a mere 653% premium.
In case an investor wants to diversify, Grayscale also offers a Digital Large Cap Fund (GDLC). It has Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC).
As of writing, LTCN is down 17% for the day, to $59.
The Big Push
Unlike many crypto asset companies, Grayscale is bringing their offerings to the mainstream. A recent television commercial for Grayscale crypto trusts aired on major financial television networks, including CNBC.
Earlier this month, Grayscale applied to register its Ethereum trust with the SEC. The move would improve access and liquidity for the trust. Not surprisingly, it was also trading at a premium, 700% (to be exact) over Ether on exchanges.
Meanwhile, Grayscale has registered its Bitcoin trust successfully. That asset doubled in value and now contains over $5 billion in AUM. It now amounts to about 2.3% of the Bitcoin supply.
The continued success of Grayscale’s trusts likely boosts public awareness. Excitement and hype get the public used to the idea that cryptocurrencies have real value. But the insane premiums they trade at highlight that the road to mainstream adoption won’t be a smooth one.
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