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Investment firms already absorbed 4.3% of Bitcoin supply: Arcane Research

Exchange-traded Bitcoin investment products now account for over 800,000 BTC, according to Arcane Research analyst.

Investment firms already absorbed 4.3% of Bitcoin supply: Arcane Research

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Investment firms already have over 800,000 Bitcoins (BTC)โ€”or 4.3% of the cryptoโ€™s current supplyโ€”under their management (AUM), Vetle Lunde, an analyst at crypto data firm Arcane Research, revealed on Twitter today.

โ€œExchange-traded bitcoin investment vehicles now have more than 800,000 BTC under management, equaling 4.3% of the circulating bitcoin supply,โ€ said Lunde.

Additionally, Bitcoin funds have already absorbed more than 100,000 BTC since the beginning of this year, he added.

In total, Bitcoin fundsโ€™ holdings amount to over $46 billion at current prices. Among them, digital asset investment giant Grayscale is still leading by far, accounting for 82% of the market.

According to Grayscaleโ€™s latest report published on Friday, the company has $41 billion in digital assets under its management in total. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust comprises the lionโ€™s share of those holdings, amounting to around $34.7 billion in BTC. It is followed by the firmโ€™s Ethereum Trust that holds $5.17 billion worth of ETH. Lunde pointed out:

โ€œHowever, with the three recent ETF approvals in Canada, Grayscale’s dominance in the market has started to decline.”

Exchange-traded fundsโ€”or ETFsโ€”are a special type of securities that track the prices of certain underlying assets and are tradeable on traditional finance platforms. As such, Bitcoin ETFs allow institutional investors to get exposure to BTCโ€™s price volatility without actually holding the crypto.

However, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has turned down all applications for Bitcoin ETFs over the past few years, so these investment products are still unavailable in the US.

Canadaโ€™s three Bitcoin ETFs, on the other hand, have already reached a market share of 2.5% in just a couple of weeks since their approval, Lunde noted.

As CryptoSlate reported, asset managers Fidelity Investments, SkyBridge Capital, and VanEck have all recently applied for Bitcoin ETFsโ€”but the SECโ€™s decision is still up in the air.