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State of Play

Last year saw both CBOE and the CME start trading Bitcoin futures. Intercontinental Exchange-led Bakkt is set to launch the trading of physically settled Bitcoin futures 1Q19. Fidelity launched its digital asset arm. And while the jury at the US Securities and Exchange Commission is still hung on the possibility of a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund, there are close alternative options on the market. Grayscale has seen record inflows this year, and across the pond in Europe Coinshares XBTProviders are trading their Bitcoin and Ether Exchange Traded Products (ETP) on the Stockholm Nasdaq exchange.


Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust More Than Halves But Still Sees Record Inflows ($AuM)

Key Statistics 

Grayscale BTC Nov-18 AuM
$1276.9Mn (-3% vs Oct)
GBTC October-19 AuM
$1315.2Mn
GBTC Jan-Sep-18 Inflows
$216Mn
Grayscale Other Inflows 2018
$113.5Mn
Bitcoin XBT AuM Nov-18
$143Mn
Ethereum XBT AuM Nov-18
$28Mn

Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund Composition

Top 3 Grayscale Non-Bitcoin Assets under Management ($)

Grayscale was poised to address a  serious question as the hype of cryptocurrencies peaked last year – stick to providing assets with a full thought thesis, as it did with Bitcoin (Digital Gold), Ethereum Classic (IoT), ZCash (Private Wealth Management), or give in to client desires for exposure to more assets. It chose the later. And while there has been some success in bringing on clients, Bitcoin still reigns king as all other investments represent a tiny 7% of Grayscale's total AuM.

Physically Backed Cryptocurrency ETF Proposals

wdt_ID Issuer Company Status
1 Winklevoss Bitcoin Shares Winklevoss Capital Mgmt Denied
2 Bitcoin Investment Trust Grayscale Withdrawn
3 SolidX Bitcoin Trust SolidX Reformatted
4 EtherIndex Ether Trust Distributed Capital Withdrawn
5 VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust VanEck & SolidX Awaiting Approval
6 Bitwise HOLD 10 Cryptocurrency Index Fund Bitwise Awaiting Approval

Derivatives Based Awaiting Approval

wdt_ID Issuer
1 Evolve Bitcoin ETF (Canada)
2 GraniteShares Bitcoin ETF
3 GraniteShares Short Bitcoin ETF
4 Direxion Daily Bitcoin Bull
5 Direxion Daily Bitcoin Bear
6 Source: Bloomberg

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