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BlockFi Will No Longer Accept GBTC As Collateral
Crypto firm BlockFi has unwound its Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) positions.
Himanshu S.
9:08 12th Jul, 2022
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BlockFi has unwound its positions in Grayscale's Bitcoin Trust, a spokesperson confirmed.

The lending platform, which made headlines earlier this month for its injection of capital from crypto exchange FTX, has managed to navigate the aftermath of Three Arrows Capital's meltdown without having to pause withdrawals while industry rivals continue to grapple with serious financial headwinds.

While BlockFi claims its exposure to Three Arrows was limited, it was heavily exposed to the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC), an investment product which saw its discount to NAV drop precipitously to more than -34% amid the fallout of the beleaguered hedge fund.

BlockFi has now unwound its positions in GBTC, a spokesperson for the firm said. Moving forward, it will not accept the product as collateral. The firm plans to announce this move later this week.

Responding to a tweet penned by CoinShare's Meltem Demirors, BlockFi CEO Zac Prince said that BlockFi "directly holds zero GBTC."

"We have a couple small loans (like sub $10M) w/ GBTC as collateral that are in the process of winding down," he said.

Those loans have also been wound down.

The move is the latest by BlockFi to de-risk in an environment that has seen lenders scale back, hike rates, and generally act more conservatively.

It's particularly striking that BlockFi is moving on from GBTC considering it once held more than 5% of the total supply. GBTC enables traders to gain exposure to bitcoin without directly buying and holding the crypto themselves.

This is a developing story & will be updated once more information is available.

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