Since February, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has continued to trade at a negative premium. The Bitcoin fund, available to institutional investors on the traditional stock market, has traded below the price of Bitcoin since February 22, 2021 — a telling sign that its demand was drying up.
Just four months ago, GBTC”s premium was at a whopping 33.12%. Since then, its premium has fallen into a downward spiral, hitting an all-time low of -14.34% on March 25 and currently trading at -9.32%. What’s surprising is that, in the exact same time period, Bitcoin’s price has appreciated 57% — from $36,850 to $57,891. So what exactly happened?