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GBTC Discount Nears 50%, Crypto Investors Worry About Another Sell-Off

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust are selling at a 48.62% discount of $8.03.
  • Analysts and investors believe that this could trigger a selloff.
  • Parent company DCG has also been facing trouble regarding its finances, as it's nearly $2 billion in debt.
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The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) is selling at a 48.62% discount, worrying investors and analysts. They believe a sell-off could be imminent as DCG also faces financial issues.

The crypto community is seeing its anxiety stoked as Grayscale’s GBTC is nearly at a 50% discount. As of Dec. 9, its GBTC discount or premium to NAV is at 48.62%. The GBTC shares are trading at $8.03.

GBTC discount chart by Ycharts
GBTC discount: Ycharts

Could the GBTC Discount Trigger a Selloff?

Market analysts and the general crypto community fear that the discount might trigger a selloff. One of the primary reasons for its concern is the fact that sister company Genesis halted withdrawals following the collapse of FTX.

Parent company Digital Currency Group is also nearly $2 billion in debt, with almost $1.7 billion wondered to Genesis. Lumida Wealth CEO Ram Ahluwalia believes that DCG used its GBTC shares as collateral in the Genesis loan.

Ahluwalia also says that DCG has “enough revenue-generating power to absorb these liabilities and losses.” He doesn’t see an insolvency risk as a likely outcome. However, he noted that if Bitcoin drops further, the company could have issues.

DCG In a Tight Spot

The Digital Currency Group has been in the news this month — in trouble because of the Grayscale incident. Bernstein stated that DCG had a few different options on its table. It could raise capital, dissolve GBTC trust, or sell non-strategic assets and save Grayscale.

Analysts Gautam Chhugani and Manas Agrawal did note that the structure of the GBRC trust did protect holders “and remains ring-fenced from failures within DCG or DCG group entities.” Still, investors are concerned about the status of GBTC and whether it could lead to a further fallout in the market.

SEC Asks Crypto Firms to Disclose Details

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is also entering the debate on these crypto financial institutions. The agency has asked crypto firms to disclose details related to the crypto winter and the collapse of various companies to investors. It issued guidance for the same.

Generally speaking, it wanted these companies to divulge information regarding material exposure to financially distressed companies in the market. It’s a major step by the SEC, which had made it a point to watch the crypto market closely since the start of 2022.

Meanwhile, the SEC is investigating FTX, which is at the heart of the many financial troubles in the market. However, one pro-crypto lawmaker blamed SEC Chair Gary Gensler for the collapse of the exchange.

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Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...
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