In brief

  • US fund manager NYDIG has sealed a deal for a $190 million Bitcoin fund.
  • This latest close makes the fund manager one of the biggest institutional players in crypto.
  • Its efforts are dwarfed, however, by Grayscale, which has reportedly bought up around 30% of newly-minted Bitcoin

The New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) is on track to becoming one of the biggest institutional hoarders of Bitcoin in the US. According to an SEC filing disclosed June 30, the group recently raised $190 million for a Bitcoin fund.

Over the past three years, NYDIG has dabbled in various Bitcoin-based funds. One of its first, founded in 2018, was a pooled investment fund dubbed the "Institutional Digital Asset Fund." While the fund didn't initially disclose its constituent assets, it managed to raise a notable $31 million.

That fund was subsequently rebranded to the "NYDIG Institutional Bitcoin Fund LP"—the very same that NYDIG just raised $190 million for.

One Bitcoin fund or many?

In May this year, NYDIG took the plunge on another fund—roughly one week before Bitcoin's quadrennial halving. This one, a Bitcoin-centric stash known as the "NYDIG Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund LP," raised an ample $140 million.

It’s unclear whether the Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund LP and the rebranded Institutional Bitcoin Fund LP funds are one and the same. If they are separate, NYDIG would count among one of the US' biggest institutional investors in Bitcoin, with an aggregated total of $330 million worth of digital gold under management.

NYDIG also operates another Bitcoin fund, named the NYDIG Bitcoin Strategy Fund. The fund primarily invests in Bitcoin futures contracts offered by the CME. While its actual size is unknown, NYDIG attempted to raise $25 million for it in December last year.

Institutional engagement is on the up

Institutional interest in Bitcoin appears to be on the rise. Yesterday, digital asset manager Grayscale Investments revealed holdings of more than $3.5 billion in Bitcoin.

It's been suggested that since the halving in May, Grayscale has been buying Bitcoin at a rate faster than miners can produce it.

However, several analysts, including Messari Research's Ryan Watkins, have challenged this assertion. Instead, they suggest that Grayscale's Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) accrues the majority of its Bitcoin via "in-kind" purchases—in other words, through investors buying GBTC shares with Bitcoin already in circulation.

According to Messari, Grayscale's actually buying up around 30% of newly-minted Bitcoin—dwarfing even NYDIG’s appetite for the cryptocurrency.