- Grayscale Investments is offering new trusts that invest in five different cryptocurrencies.
- The new trusts will invest in Basic Attention and Decentraland tokens, Chainlink, Filecoin, and Livepeer.
- Investor demand for digital currencies has never been higher, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said.
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Digital currency asset manager Grayscale Investments announced Wednesday that it is offering five new investment trusts, bringing its single-asset lineup to 13.
The new trusts are launching into fairly niche segments of the crypto space, with three investing in Chainlink, Filecoin, and Livepeer, which are blockchain-based digital payment systems. One will invest in Ethereum-based Basic Attention tokens, while the fifth will hold coins in the virtual reality platform Decentraland. These trusts are among the first of their kind to solely invest in the digital currencies underlying each investment product.
“Digital currencies have reached an inflection point,” Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said in a statement. “Investor demand has never been higher, and every day we’re seeing new entrants to what has surely become a bona fide asset class.”
Grayscale said all five trusts are open for subscription by eligible individual and institutional accredited investors. The decision to launch them was based on assessment of investor demand and the integrity of each cryptocurrency, Sonnenshein told Bloomberg in an interview. The asset manager’s biggest product is still its $34 billion Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.
The new cryptocurrencies it has chosen have much smaller market values in comparison to bitcoin. Basic Attention tokens are known to track consumers’ time and attention on websites, with the goal of understanding how to efficiently distribute advertising money.
Chainlink runs on the Ethereum blockchain, with a technology that enables delivery of price feeds into decentralized finance applications. Filecoin is a storage service provider that enables anyone to rent spare storage space on their computer, creating a huge source of data storage.
Livepeer is a decentralized video-streaming network for those who wish to add live or in-demand video to their networks. Meanwhile, Decentraland tokens can be used to buy up virtual plots of land and goods and services within its virtual-reality space.
Grayscale said it plans to continue a tradition of creating “novel pathways” for investors to access the opportunities that digital currencies may offer.