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The removal of Cardano (ADA) from Grayscale’s Crypto Large Cap fund

Grayscale Investments has excluded Cardano (ADA) from its Digital Crypto Large Cap Fund, which currently includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, XRP, and Avalanche. 

Furthermore, the cryptocurrency manager has made changes to the holdings of its Smart Contract Platform Ex-Ethereum Fund. Let’s see all the details below. 

Grayscale excludes Cardano (ADA): implications in the crypto world

As anticipated, Grayscale Investments, a global leader in crypto management, recently declared that Cardano (ADA) has been excluded from its Digital Large Cap Fund, following the quarterly portfolio restructuring.

The asset manager explained that they updated the GDLC by “selling Cardano (ADA) and using the proceeds to purchase the other components of the fund in proportion to their respective weights.”

Cardano (ADA) was therefore eliminated from the GDLC after the reshuffle.

The restructuring of the holdings of Grayscale’s Digital Large Cap Fund took place on April 3rd. As of that date, the fund included Bitcoin (BTC) at 70.96%, Ethereum (ETH) at 21.84%, Solana (SOL) at 4.52%, XRP at 1.73%, and Avalanche (AVAX) at 0.95%.

During the quarterly reallocation in the fourth quarter of 2023, Cardano represented 1.62% of the fund’s holdings. 

On January 4th, the GDLC included a quantity of Bitcoin at 69.15%, Ethereum at 21.90%, Solana at 3.65%, XRP at 2.54%, Cardano at 1.62%, and Avalanche (AVAX) at 1.14%.

Furthermore, the announcement confirms that no new tokens have been added or removed from Grayscale’s decentralized finance (DeFi) fund. 

Even the Grayscale Smart Contract Platform Ex-Ethereum Fund has undergone restructuring and Cosmos (ATOM) has been removed from the fund.

We remind you that Grayscale has converted its Bitcoin trust (GBTC) into a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF), which started trading on January 11th. 

Since then, the fund has experienced massive outflows. The asset manager has also filed a request with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States to launch an ETF on Ether. 

Grayscale GBTC: from redemption to hope of recovery

Following the approval of the Grayscale Bitcoin spot ETF in January, investors rushed to redeem, recording an unprecedented capital outflow since March 2009. So far, this has exceeded 15 billion dollars.

According to its website, the fund currently holds over 328,012 BTC, equivalent to 22.6 billion dollars in cryptocurrency. However, with an average outflow of 5,092 BTC per day, it could deplete its reserves of “digital gold” by July 8th.

Despite the slowdown in outflows, Grayscale could find a remedy, especially considering the strong interest in its new “mini” Bitcoin ETF, which offers lower fees to compete effectively in the market.

However, while Grayscale awaits approval for its new product, other funds, such as the iShares Bitcoin Trust by BlackRock, are attracting huge capital inflows. The BlackRock Trust has in fact raised 10 billion dollars in just one day.

Fast outflows are fueled by holders seeking cheaper alternatives, as well as by the collapse of crypto companies that had exposure to Grayscale, such as FTX and Genesis.

Despite outflows, Grayscale’s business model remains solid, with analysts suggesting that the fund could continue to generate consistent cash flows. 

However, the price of Bitcoin is a key variable, as a crash could severely damage the business.

Despite the challenges, Grayscale seems to be well positioned to benefit from the growing interest in Bitcoin ETFs, especially after a court ruling that could pave the way for additional approvals from the SEC.

At a crucial moment for the cryptocurrency industry, the ruling has potentially facilitated the approval of Bitcoin ETFs, with Grayscale playing a significant role in promoting this change.

Alessia Pannone
Alessia Pannone
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