GBTC Bitcoin ‘discount’ may be gone by 2024 as share price gains 17%


Bitcoin (BTC) investment vehicle, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), could erase its BTC price “discount” in 2024.

In an X (formerly Twitter) post on Aug. 30, monitoring resource CoinGlass predicted that the so-called “GBTC premium” would soon return.

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Grayscale netting a court victory over United States regulators on Aug. 29 provided an instant remedy to what was flagging GBTC performance.

The fund contains over 600,000 BTC and has traded at a discount to the Bitcoin spot price, also called net asset value, since February 2021.

What was once the “GBTC premium” has thus been negative for over two-and-a-half years, but that could soon change.

News that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission must consider GBTC’s conversion to a Bitcoin spot price exchange-traded fund on the same terms as other applicants sent the “discount” to its lowest levels since December 2021.

At just -17%, it is now less than half of what it was at the peak when it neared 50% in what was once called an “elevator to hell.”

“Expect Grayscale $GBTC premium to close the discount next year,” CoinGlass wrote in part of subsequent commentary.

GBTC premium vs. asset holdings vs. BTC/USD chart (screenshot). Source: CoinGlass

Noting the size of its assets under management, Dylan LeClair, senior analyst at digital asset fund UTXO Management, reflected on the impact that GBTC had in shaping Bitcoin’s run to current all-time highs.

“Don’t forget how large $GBTC is. They hold >600k BTC, and was the single largest driver of the 2021 bull run from a flows standpoint,” he told X subscribers on Aug. 29.

“Today’s discount move from -26% to -17% is the equivalent of 56,000 BTC returning to the AUM of $GBTC if shares are marked to market.”

GBTC Bitcoin holdings data. Source: Dylan LeClair/X

BTC price dices with crucial support reclaim

Eyeing the implications of the Grayscale news for BTC price action, meanwhile, market participants flagged the potential return of some key moving averages (MAs).

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Chief among these are the 200-week and 200-day trend lines, both of which failed to act as support during Bitcoin’s descent to multimonth lows earlier in August.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView nonetheless showed BTC/USD struggling to hold either level — despite the previous daily candle closing above them.

BTC/USD 1-day chart with 200-day, 200-week MA. Source: TradingView

Continuing on the topic, popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital reiterated that several MAs remained an essential reclaim target for bulls.

In an X post, he referenced the potential bullish invalidation of Bitcoin’s double-top structure on weekly timeframes.

“This is great initial momentum from ~$26K support which never brokedown to fully confirm the Double Top,” part of his analysis read.

“That said, $BTC needs to reclaim the Bull Market moving averages as support to be in the clear.”

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Rekt Capital/X

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