ARK Invest Bought $29M Shares in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust During Crash



ARK Invest, the investment firm headed by Cathie Wood, went big during Bitcoin’s drop below $30,000 on Tuesday, snapping up $29 million in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares. 

 

According to data shared by the investment firm, the addition of 1,046,002 shares of GBTC was made through ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW), one of the company’s six actively managed funds.

Tuesday's purchase brought ARKW’s total holdings of GBTC to almost 8.6 million shares worth $238.9 million. With a weight of 3.99%, GBTC is the seventh-largest holding in the fund, which is topped by Tesla, Shopify, and Twitter. 

Table of ARK Invest's investments and how much they hold.
ARK Next Generation Internet ETF Top 10 Holdings as of June 24, 2021. Source: ARK Invest

GBTC, which currently commands $21.9 million in assets under management, is the oldest and largest crypto fund launched by New York-based firm Grayscale Investment. It offers investors SEC-regulated exposure to Bitcoin, tracking the price of the benchmark cryptocurrency. One GBTC share currently trades at $28.96.

Since Tuesday, Bitcoin has somewhat recovered, changing hands at $34,000 at the time of writing. 

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On Tuesday, in a purchase worth nearly $50 million, ARK Invest also added 214,718 shares of cryptocurrency Coinbase to its ARK Innovation Fund (ARKK). The fund now holds over 3.6 million shares in the cryptocurrency exchange worth more than $820 million.

ARK Invest was among the first to buy Coinbase stock after Coinbase debuted on the Nasdaq in April this year. 

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Wood, who last month joined the board of crypto technology platform Amun Holdings, is known as a vocal supporter of Bitcoin and sees it going to $500,000 in the long-term.

Earlier this year, she said that Bitcoin is a new asset class that could one day even serve as a reserve currency.


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