Grayscale’s fund is for the investors who want to buy and hold Bitcoins without going through the trouble and technicalities of acquiring and storing Bitcoins safely. Instead the investors simply buy shares in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.
But it’s not so difficult to buy and store Bitcoins especially with companies like Coinbase in business that make buying BTCs as simple as using PayPal. Then what is this new kind of increased interest from this certain class of investors who are only willing to buy Bitcoins through Grayscale’s trust? Let me explain.
This new attention seems to be coming from IRA / Roth IRA retirement and pension accounts that are eligible for tax benefits when buying BTC through Grayscale’s trust. In other words, with macro instability and to hedge the COVID-19 related crisis, the retirement and pension money is going into crypto-assets.
There are many out there who view Bitcoin as fake-money or a ponzi-scheme. At the same time the world is exchanging “real cash” for the “fake one” at 30 million dollars per week from their retirement and pension accounts to weather a storm.