Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust was trading at ~ 100 % premium to Net Asset Value on 18 Dec 2017 when Bitcoin touched all time high.— Nilesh Shah (@NileshShah68) November 21, 2018
Imagine the plight of investor as Bitcoin is down ~ 75 % and Premium is down ~ 90 %.
Who on earth would agree to such poor deal?Bitcoin (BTC) and other digital assets experienced a strong rally in 2017 and many people believed that mass adoption was just around the corner. The arrival of institutional investors was supposed to provide another powerful boost to the industry and send the prices ‘to the moon.’ In this atmosphere of widespread enthusiasm, many people were eager to jump this bandwagon and capitalize on the hype. However, regulated institutional investors were deprived of the opportunity to buy digital assets because they did not comply with the requirements of the US Securities and Exchange (SEC). Considering that at the end of 2017 there were very few eligible cryptocurrency investment options for institutions, the Bitcoin Investment Trust enjoyed the insane premium of more than 100 percent to the net asset — and institutional investors were eager to pay it to get exposure to the price action on the cryptocurrency market.
A Disastrous OpportunityThe collapse that started at the beginning of 2018 wiped over $700 billion from the cryptocurrency market, while the Bitcoin price dropped from its Dec 2017 peak within the vicinity of $20,000 to $4,500 at the time of writing. Those hardcore hodlers who bought the coin at its maximum and kept their positions until now have been losing more than $41 a day on average ever since, which translates into a total damage of more than 87 percent — though, these losses pale in comparison with what Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust participants had to endure. a good time to buy some bitcoins now while they are cheap? Or is it a waste of money? Let us know in the comments below!
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