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Grayscale Sets New Fundraising Records Despite Bitcoin Price Drop

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  • The third quarter turned out to be a blast for Grayscale with its Bitcoin Trust alone seeing more than $170 mln in inflows

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Grayscale Investments, the leading cryptocurrency asset manager, has published its Q3 report where it highlights new fundraising records, according to a press release that was shared with U.Today. 

Despite Bitcoin ending the third quarter with an ugly red candle on its monthly chart, these four months turned out to be a huge success for Barry Silbert's venture. 

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Shattering records 

The company, which boasts ten crypto-related products, has managed to rake in a staggering $254.9 mln compared to $84.8 mln it raised during Q2, meaning that its inflows experienced a three-fold increase quarter-over-quarter. This is the highest level of demand their products have ever seen.

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Unsurprisingly, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) had the biggest chunk of the pie with $171.7 mln in inflows. This is also a new record for the trust that was founded back in December 2013.

Meanwhile, Grayscale's Ethereum and Ethereum Classic trusts have managed to collectively pass the $100 mln mark this year.   

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Institutional demand is here

The underwhelming launch of Bakkt raised many questions about whether institutional money was really here for Bitcoin. Yet, the above-mentioned report shows that institutional investors (primarily hedge funds) are responsible for 84 percent of investment capital, which proves that they are indeed keen on crypto.  

In other news, Grayscale Investments has recently obtained FINRA approval to list its cryptocurrency index fund on OTC markets. 

Are institutional investors interested in Bitcoin? Share your take in the comment section!  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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  • Ripple's development platform proposes to add an opt-in privacy feature to the XRP Ledger

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Ripple's development arm Xpring has come up with a new proposal to add an "opt-in" privacy feature to the XRP Ledger. It's now up to the community to review the proposal via GitHub.   

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Private transactions  

In his blog post, Warren Paul Anderson, the head of the Xpring developer community, explains that XRP can be made anonymous with the help of 'blinded tags' that would obfuscate the source and destination tags from anyone apart from from the originator and the source of a specific transaction. 

In such a way, private payments on the XRP Ledger would appear 'random' to third parties.  

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Streaming payments  

Xpring also made an announcement about the Xpring Wallet adding support for the STREAM protocol. It allows users to send and receive in the form of encrypted packets of money or data over blockchain-agnostic Interledger by establishing an HTTP connection.  

All developers can now integrate streaming payments into their applications with the help of Testnet XRP.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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