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Millennium’s $2 Billion Bet on Bitcoin ETFs Signals Institutional Confidence

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In Brief

  • Millennium Management disclosed nearly $2 billion in Bitcoin ETFs for Q1 2024.
  • Major holdings include BlackRock’s IBIT, Fidelity's FBTC, and Grayscale's GBTC.
  • The substantial holdings indicate growing institutional confidence in digital assets.
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Millennium Management, a global investment firm with over $60 billion in assets, has disclosed its significant Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) holdings for the first quarter of 2024.

According to a recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Millennium holds approximately $1.9 billion in various US-traded spot Bitcoin ETFs.

Institutional Bitcoin ETF Investments Surge

The firm’s largest holdings include BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC), and the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust ETF (GBTC). In addition, Millennium holds smaller stakes in the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (ARKB) and the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF (BITB). Specifically, the filing details Millennium’s investments as $844.2 million in IBIT, $806.7 million in FBTC, $202 million in GBTC, $45 million in ARKB, and $44.7 million in BITB.

Read more: What Is a Bitcoin ETF?

Millennium's IBIT Ownership.
Millennium’s IBIT Ownership. Source: Fintel

Other prominent asset managers are also increasing their Bitcoin ETF holdings. Pine Ridge reported $205 million in IBIT, FBTC, and BITB. Meanwhile, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors disclosed $248 million in IBIT and $231.8 million in FBTC, totaling $479 million.

Matt Hougan, Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise, highlighted the significant trend of institutional investment in Bitcoin ETFs. According to Hougan, approximately 563 professional investment firms reported owning $3.5 billion worth of Bitcoin ETFs last Thursday. By the filing deadline, he anticipates that the market may see over 700 professional firms and total assets under management (AUM) approaching $5 billion.

“This is absolutely massive. For any financial advisor, family office, or institution wondering if they were the only one considering Bitcoin exposure, the answer is clear: You are not alone,” Hougan affirmed.

Hougan compared the interest in Bitcoin ETFs to that of gold ETFs launched in 2004, which were considered highly successful. Gold ETFs attracted over $1 billion in their first five days, with just 95 professional firms invested at the initial 13F filing.

“From a breadth of ownership perspective, the Bitcoin ETFs are a historic success,” he said.

Although most Bitcoin ETF investments are currently from retail investors, Hougan noted a potential for a growing trend among institutions. For instance, Hightower Advisors has $68 million allocated to Bitcoin ETFs, just 0.05% of their assets. Hougan predicts that such allocations will increase over time, potentially reaching significant proportions within institutional portfolios.

“Multiply that by the growing number of professional investors participating in the space, and you can begin to see what’s behind my enthusiasm,” he explained.

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

Indeed, substantial investments by institutions like Millennium Management underscore the growing integration of cryptocurrency into mainstream financial portfolios. This increased institutional backing signals long-term confidence in digital assets’ potential, potentially paving the way for broader crypto adoption.

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Lynn Wang
Lynn Wang is a seasoned journalist and content creator with over eight years of experience in digital marketing and cryptocurrency journalism. Her expertise lies in SEO strategy, blockchain technology, and Web3, where she has consistently delivered impactful content initiatives and engaged audiences effectively. Since January 2022, Lynn has been at the forefront of content and community efforts for BeInCrypto Indonesia. Under her leadership, the platform has witnessed remarkable growth,...