Grayscale Receives FINRA Approval to List Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin on The Stock Market
Grayscale Investments’ two more products, Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust and Grayscale Litecoin Trust, have received approval from FINRA for public quotations under the ticker BCHG and LTCN on OTC Markets.
With this move, both Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC) will be trading on the public stock market for the first time.
The New York-based digital currency asset manager announced on Monday that regulators had given the go-ahead for the sale of its two products, covering two new cryptos to the public.
The company that makes digital assets available in the form of stocks will make these new productions available to the general public in the next two to four weeks.
Grayscale stocks trade on OTCQX, an over-the-counter (OTC) market that is overseen by regulator FINRA, and here securities do not need to be registered with the SEC.
More options for institutional investors
Grayscale’s crypto products amount to shares in a trust that holds the underlying digital asset.
With this approval, institutional investors are now able to get exposure to these two crypto assets that Grayscale sells in the forms of shares, which, as we have seen in the case of both Bitcoin and Ethereum results in a significant premium to the underlying asset. Grayscale’s managing director, Michael Sonnenshein said,
“Grayscale builds investment products that operate within existing regulatory frameworks. With two additional products gaining approval for public trading, we’re broadening access for investors to gain exposure to the digital currency asset class.”
In its Q2 2020 report, Grayscale shared that it had the largest quarterly inflows ever at $905.8 million. Not only GBTC and ETHE saw record inflows, but Grayscale Litecoin Trust saw its largest inflows to date as well. Also, Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust recorded its largest inflows since Q2 2018. The report read,
“After a period of slow growth, Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust and Grayscale Litecoin Trust have seen a marked uptick in investor interest. The two trusts combined have now reached over $20 million in inflows since inception.”
With this, the total number of digital assets available to the public as shares have come to six. Already, Grayscale’s bitcoin product has found a special place among millennials investors on apps like Robinhood. Also, a Charles Schwab report from December stated that the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) was one of its top five equities held by millennials, even ahead of Netflix.