BlackRock’s $20 Billion ETF Is Now the World’s Largest Bitcoin Fund

BlackRock Inc.’s iShares Bitcoin Trust has become the world’s largest fund for the original cryptocurrency, amassing almost $20 billion in total assets since listing in the US at the start of the year.

The exchange-traded fund held $19.68 billion of the token Tuesday, dethroning the $19.65 billion Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The third largest is the $11.1 billion offering from Fidelity Investments.

The BlackRock and Fidelity Bitcoin ETFs were among nine that debuted Jan. 11, the same day the more than decade-old Grayscale vehicle converted into an ETF. The launches were a watershed for crypto, making Bitcoin more accessible to investors and spurring a rally in the token to a record $73,798 by March.

The iShares Bitcoin Trust has attracted the greatest inflow since going live, $16.5 billion, while investors have pulled $17.7 billion from the Grayscale fund over the same period. The latter’s higher fees and exits by arbitragers have been cited as possible drivers of outflows.