During an interview with Bloomberg, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said that in addition to hedge funds, pension funds and endowments had also started investing in the Grayscale family of products. This suggests that a broad spectrum of institutions are accumulating Bitcoin (BTC).
As this trend gathers speed, investment banks have also decided that they do not want to be left behind. A recent filing from Morgan Stanley shows a purchase of a 10.9% stake in business intelligence firm MicroStrategy, a move that was likely made in order to gain exposure in Bitcoin. With 70,470 Bitcoin in their possession, MicroStrategy has become a proxy play on Bitcoin.
Several analysts suspect that the current demand could also be coming from investors who have been closing their gold positions and buying Bitcoin. On a query about the recent underperformance of gold, CNBC Mad Money show host Jim Cramer speculated that institutional money may be flowing into cryptocurrency.
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