Guggenheim Funds Trust filed an amendment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to allow its $5 billion Macro Opportunities Fund gain exposure to bitcoin by investing up to 10% of the fund’s net asset value in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).
According to the amendment: “The Guggenheim Macro Opportunities Fund may seek investment exposure to bitcoin indirectly through investing up to 10% of its net asset value in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (“GBTC”), a privately offered investment vehicle that invests in bitcoin. To the extent the Fund invests in GBTC, it will do so through the Subsidiary.”
Given the fund has net assets of $4.97 billion, according to Fidelity, it means mean the fund can invest up to $497 million in GBTC. Grayscale’s bitcoin trust, a publicly traded financial product that functions similar to an exchange-traded fund (ETF), tracks the price of bitcoin. Guggenheim notes, GBTC trades at a “significant premium.”
The Macro Opportunities Fund is part of Guggenheim Investments, the global asset management and investment advisory division of Guggenheim Partners, and has more than $233 billion in total assets across fixed income, equity and alternative strategies.
Guggenheim is the latest multibillion dollar hedge fund to signal an interest in bitcoin. This summer, industry pioneer Paul Tudor Jones’s $22 billion BVI Global Fund could invest “a low-single-digit percentage” of its assets in bitcoin futures. Earlier this month, hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller said bitcoin could outperform gold.
Grayscale is a sister company to CoinDesk.
UPDATED 11/29/2020 18:16 UTC: Adds information about other funds.