The quantity of Bitcoin held by private corporations has increased significantly during 2021, building on increases from the previous year. In a Jan. 3 tweet, on-chain analyst Willy Woo claimed that public companies holding “significant BTC have gained market share from spot ETFs as a way to access BTC exposure on public equity markets”. This has been more noticeable since MicroStrategy’s “Bitcoin for Corporations” conference on Feb. 3 and 4, 2021. The online seminar aimed to explain the legal considerations for firms seeking to integrate Bitcoin into their businesses and reserves.Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy is a leading business intelligence firm and is known for being particularly bullish on BTC, owning almost $6 billion in crypto assets.On Dec 30, Saylor’s firm purchased a further 1,914 BTC worth $94 million. The company has gained more than $2.1 billion in profit since its initial BTpurchase in August 2020. Woo referenced a chart of BTC holdings inside ETFs and public company treasuries available for public ownership via equity markets, based on crowdsourced corporate treasury data. Spot Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) hold BTC, as opposed to Futures, in which companies purchase exposure via contracts from the CME futures market. Since MicroStrategy’s “Bitcoin for Corporations” conference in Feb 2021, public companies* holding significant BTC have gained market share from spot ETFs** as a way to access BTC exposure on public equity markets.* MicroStrategy & public mining companies** Mainly Grayscale pic.twitter.com/e18OEfgiEW— Willy Woo (@woonomic) January 2, 2022The data shows that digital currency asset management company Grayscale has gained the highest market share by a landslide, at 645,199 BTC by the end of 2021. This took up 71% of the wider market, as holdings of all spot ETFs and corporations together totaled 903,988 BTC according to the chart. Related: Missed out on hot crypto stocks in 2021? It paid just to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum, data showsMicroStrategy is the largest corporate investor, holding 124,391 BTC valued at around $5.8 billion according to BitcoinTreasuries. Second-placed Tesla holds around 43,200 coins worth roughly $2 billion at current prices. During 2020, the amount of BTC held by public companies surged 400% in 12 months to $3.6 billion as reported by Cointelegraph.Čítaj viac
On Thursday, registered investment adviser and fintech firm Defiance announced it has launched the first nonfungible token (NFT)-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the New York Stock Exchange Arca. The fund is listed under the ticker symbol NFTZ and has a management fee of 0.65% per year.The fund does not directly buy and hold NFTs to store in wallets. Instead, it tracks an index of companies operating or intending to venture into the NFT space, as well as the Metaverse. The BITA NFT and Blockchain Select Index, which the fund intends to mirror, is maintained by Germany-based fintech company BITA.Notable holdings in the fund include Coinbase, Cloudflare, Plby Group [Playboy], Marathon Digital and Hut 8 Mining. Its biggest holding is Silvergate Capital, at 6.74% of its net assets. Unbeknownst to most investors, Silvergate is one of the world’s largest gateway for crypto to fiat transactions among centralized cryptocurrency exchanges and financial institutions. During the third quarter alone, Silvergate helped facilitate over $162 billion worth of such transactions. The NFTZ ETF holds a total of 34 companies in its portfolio.Regarding the announcement, Sylvia Jablonski, co-founder and chief investment officer of Defiance, said:The NFT revolution will fundamentally change the economic model for artists, athletes, creators and many more industries that we can’t even conceive of today. NFTs could be bigger than the internet.Related: Invesco launches spot Bitcoin ETP on Deutsche BorseIn addition to the NFTZ, the fintech firm also plans to launch a basket of ETFs tracking the latest information technology and biotech developments. Notable highlights include its 5G, psychedelic, next-generation hydrogen, and quantum computing ETFs.Čítaj viac
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