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Bitcoin ETFs Now Hold 1 Million BTC, 5% of Total Supply

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Updated by Daria Krasnova
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In Brief

  • Bitcoin ETFs now hold over 1 million BTC, representing nearly 5% of Bitcoin's total supply.
  • Grayscale and BlackRock are the leading Bitcoin ETF holders, with significant assets in BTC.
  • U.S. Bitcoin ETFs dominate the market, holding 855,619 BTC, showing strong investor confidence.
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Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have reached a significant milestone. They now hold over 1 million BTC, representing nearly 5% of Bitcoin’s total supply.

Grayscale and BlackRock, with their substantial BTC assets, are leading this sector, highlighting the growing institutional interest in cryptocurrency investments.

Bitcoin ETFs Hold Over 1 Million BTC

As of May 23, ETF holdings totaled 1,057,039 BTC. Grayscale’s GBTC leads with over 291,000 BTC, followed closely by BlackRock’s IBIT with 279,500 BTC. Recent data from Arkham Intelligence shows increases: GBTC now holds 293,000 BTC, while IBIT owns 284,526 BTC.

Read more: How To Trade a Bitcoin ETF: A Step-by-Step Approach

TOTAL BITCOIN HELD BY ETFS.
TOTAL BITCOIN HELD BY ETFS. Source: The BOLD Report

Outside the US, Germany-based BTC Bitcoin Exchange Traded Crypto (BTCE) is the largest holder with 22,490 BTC. Swedish ETFs, Bitcoin Tracker Euro (COINXBE) and Bitcoin Tracker One (COINXBT) manage 17,830 BTC and 14,580 BTC, respectively. Seven newly launched Bitcoin ETFs in Hong Kong collectively own 5,789 BTC, though investor interest still needs to be paid.

Hashdex, a key player in the ETF market, holds over 7,900 BTC through its HASH11 fund in Brazil. The company’s influence extends to the US with its Bitcoin ETF, DEFI, which has 185 BTC.

US ETFs Dominate the Market

The data clearly shows that US ETF issuers are leaving asset managers from other countries far behind. Michael Saylor, a prominent Bitcoin advocate, highlighted these holdings. On May 24, US ETFs held 855,619 BTC, while global ETFs held 1,002,343 BTC. 

“32 Bitcoin Spot ETFs now hold ~1 Nakamoto of $BTC,” he stated.

Assets under management data for US ETFs shows Grayscale remains dominant despite a slight decline in market share. BlackRock and Fidelity maintain steady market shares. Other players like WisdomTree, Franklin Templeton, Valkyrie, VanEck, Invesco, Bitwise, and 21Shares hold minimal market shares, demonstrating slight variation.

Read more: Bitcoin Price Prediction 2024/2025/2030

BItcoin ETFs Onchain Holdings
BItcoin ETFs Onchain Holdings. Source: Dune Analytics

The stability and growth of the ETFs are not just indicators of investor confidence, but also drivers of trading volumes. The launch of spot-Bitcoin ETFs led to a surge in trading volumes during US market hours, accounting for 46% of the cumulative volume from January to April, according to Kaiko Research. This trend continued, with the ETFs experiencing the highest net flow in 10 weeks.

Bitcoin’s price hovers around the psychological level of $70,000. From January to April 2024, BTC delivered a 57% return year-to-date, outperforming the S&P 500. This data highlights the growing impact of Bitcoin ETFs on the cryptocurrency market, showcasing their role in driving trading volumes and investor interest.

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Shota Oba
After interning at a domestic blockchain media company while enrolled at a university in international relations, he worked as an intern trainee at two foreign crypto asset exchanges. Currently, as a journalist, he focuses on the Japanese crypto asset market, both technical and fundamental analysis. He has been trading crypto assets since 2021 and is interested in economic and social affairs.
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