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Why Crypto Investors Are Paying Insane 2,000% Premiums on Ethereum

Joseph Young
Ethereum investors are buying the second-largest cryptocurrency at eye-popping premiums as high as 2,000%. The question is: Why? | Source: Shutterstock

According to Charlie Bilello, an investor and a finance researcher, Ethereum is being traded with substantial premiums above spot value through Grayscale’s Ethereum Investment Trust (ETHE).


On June 24, Ethereum traded with a 2,022 percent premium at around $580 per share. Each share of ETHE represents 0.09624748 ETH, less than 10 percent of one Ethereum (ETH).

“Someone bought this last Friday at $580 betting that ethereum would rise, and they were right. Underlying ethereum rose from 27.33 to 30.34, an 11% gain. Only problem was they paid a 2,022% premium & today investors ‘only’ paid a 312% premium, resulting in a 78% loss thus far,” Bilello said.

As of June 28, Ethereum is valued at $305. The underlying assets of ETHE – 9.6 percent of one ether token – would be around $28.87. Instead, on June 24, investors purchased ETHE at $580, investing in the asset at a price of over $5,800.

Why are investors buying Ethereum with a high premium?

The premium-related issues in the crypto market are not specific to Ethereum. Investors in the U.S. market have been purchasing bitcoin with high premiums as well through the Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC).

On May 29, CCN reported that the bitcoin price surpassed $11,000 in OTCMarkets through GBTC, demonstrating a premium of over 37 percent following a substantial increase in volume in early May.

Read the full story on CCN.com.