Bitcoin price may be headed for another price crash as per financial giant JP Morgan. The prediction comes in the wake of the upcoming Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) unlock, a half-yearly event believed to have a volatile impact on Bitcoin price.
Grayscale Bitcoin trust allows accredited investors to add BTC to the Trust holdings and offers share against it. Being a lucrative investment tool these share often trade at a premium price offering great profitability to the holders. Shareholders can only sell their holdings after 6 months for cash and the upcoming unlock is one such event. The upcoming unlock on July 18 would see GBTC stocks worth 41852.26 BTC getting sold. This will be the largest single-day unlocking of the GBTC shares so far in history.
Financial giant JP Morgan believes the GBTC share unlock can pose a bearish outlook for the Bitcoin market. This is primarily because the unlock event leading to the selling of a significant amount of GBTC shares brings down the premium significantly making spot BTC costlier than the GBTC shares, thus a bearish short-term outlook.
Analyst Predict Bitcoin Bullish Case for GBTC Unlock
Willy Woo, a popular Bitcoin analyst however beleive the unlock phase would have a neutral long-term impact despite a bearish short-term outcome. Talking about the bull case of the upcoming unlock, Woo explained, traders can buy bitcoin at a spot price and put it in the Grayscale trust, receive GBTC shares against it and then short the Bitcoin futures market to hedge the risk.
Playing the carry trade:
a) buy BTC spot, put it into Grayscale
b) receive GBTC shares
c) short BTC futures (to hedge risk)
d) earn yield from shorting BTC
e) earn the GBTC premium
f) sell GBTC shares for USD
g) unhedge shorts
(g) is BULLISH
— Willy Woo (@woonomic) July 6, 2021
Traders can earn yield from their short position in the run-up to the unlock phase and sell their GBTC share at the time of unlocking.
Another important factor to note here is that GBTC premium is currently negative and analysts predict shareholders won’t sell their holdings at a discounted rate. This could in turn help in narrowing down the GBTC discount.