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Bitcoin’s decline may lead to discounted ETF shares

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Bitcoin ETF Arbitrage Opportunities: How to Benefit from Market Volatility and Discounts

Bitcoin’s dramatic sell-off presents a rare opportunity for buy-and-hold bulls to scoop up BTC ETF shares at bargain prices. As spot Bitcoin prices hit a four-month low of around $53,500, top BTC ETFs like Franklin Templeton Digital Holdings Trust (EZBC), VanEck Bitcoin Trust (HODL), and iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) are feeling the heat.

The persistent premiums that BTC ETF shares have traded at to net asset value (NAV) are now vanishing, as Germany’s government and Mt. Gox prepare for billions of dollars in BTC liquidations. This impending selling pressure could lead to attractive discounts on ETF shares, creating arbitrage opportunities for savvy traders.

Seasoned BTC traders have seen similar opportunities in the past, such as when shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) traded at discounts approaching 50% of NAV in late 2022. Hedge funds like Fir Tree Partners and Hunting Hill locked in discounts exceeding 40%, reaping significant gains when GBTC’s ETF application was approved in January.

While another Grayscale-sized arbitrage may not be on the horizon, opportunities still exist for traders. Shares of BlackRock’s IBIT ETF briefly dipped to a discount of almost 2% in May, while other funds like FBTC, BITB, and ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (ARKB) traded at discounts of nearly 1.5% simultaneously.

With heightened market volatility expected due to the impending BTC liquidations, traders are advised to keep an eye out for ETF arbitrages in the coming months. ETFs like EZBC, HODL, and IBIT, sponsored by blue-chip asset managers, are offering steep discounts on management fees, with some waiving fees completely until 2025.

Despite the current choppy waters, BTC is poised for a bullish resurgence before the end of the year, fueled by impending interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and the likelihood of Donald Trump winning the November presidential election. Now is the time for traders to start shopping for discounts and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the BTC sell-off.

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