Northwest Capital Management Inc., an investment advisory firm managing over $5 billion in assets, has recently revealed its foray into crypto through BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT). The institutional adoption of BTC ETFs have soared lately with Grayscale’s GBTC also attracting significant investments. Furthermore, the growing institutional buying of Spot Bitcoin ETFs contrasts with the

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Investment Advisor With $5B AUM Dives Into BlackRock Bitcoin ETF

Northwest Capital Management Inc., an investment advisory firm managing over $5 billion in assets, has recently revealed its foray into crypto through BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT). The institutional adoption of BTC ETFs have soared lately with Grayscale’s GBTC also attracting significant investments. Furthermore, the growing institutional buying of Spot Bitcoin ETFs contrasts with the German government’s BTC Selloff.

BlackRock Bitcoin ETF Gets Another Institutional Investment

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 13F filing on July 9, Northwest Capital Management invested $1,775 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 to acquire 52 units of the BlackRock Bitcoin ETF. Moreover, this move signifies a notable shift for Northwest Capital Management toward digital assets investments.

Though the influx is not substantial, the investment sets a precedent for future endeavors of the firm. Similarly, City State Bank, an Iowa-based institution offering investment management services, disclosed its latest investments in Bitcoin ETFs in its 13F filing dated July 8, 2024.

The filing revealed that the bank purchased 33 units of BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust during the second quarter. Additionally, City State Bank has retained its holdings in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), having acquired 50 units in the first quarter of 2024. This continued investment signals a strong belief in Bitcoin’s long-term potential.

Amid the flurry of institutional investments, the BlackRock Bitcoin ETF has showcased impeccable performance with significant inflows lately. On Tuesday, July 9, BlackRock’s IBIT ETF scooped up a whopping 2134 BTC as ETF inflows continued. In addition, the Bitcoin (BTC) price is now nearing $59,000 owing to the positive market sentiment.

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Round 2 Of 13F Filings Indicate Further ETF Adoption

Moreover, the trend extends beyond City State Bank. The Bank of New Hampshire (BNH) recently revealed its BTC ETF investments in an SEC filing dated July 1, 2024. The bank invested $9,389 in BlackRock’s IBIT ETF, acquiring 275 units.

Furthermore, this marked BNH’s initial steps into the crypto market, suggesting a gradual embrace of digital assets. It’s worth noting that BNH is a subsidiary of Toronto Dominion (TD). Toronto Dominion is a Canadian banking giant that reported Bitcoin ETF exposure in its first-quarter filings. This connection spotlights a strategic maneuver within the TD group toward exploring the benefits of cryptocurrencies.

The recent disclosures indicate the beginning of the second round of 13F filings for Spot Bitcoin ETFs, hinting at the possibility of further institutional adoption of these ETFs in the coming days. The increasing interest from established financial institutions highlights a growing acceptance of digital assets as a viable investment option.

Earlier in the first quarter, 13F disclosures indicated a substantial increase in corporate investments in U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETFs. The data suggested that 937 institutional investors were considering investments in these ETF products, collectively contributing over $10 billion in assets under management (AUM). Moreover, the latest filings suggest that this trend could continue for the second quarter as well.

Meanwhile, the German government has expedited its Bitcoin liquidation with over 26,000 BTC dumped to exchanges and other addresses. These selloffs catalyzed the recent downward pressure on the BTC price, which extended below $54,000 due to growing FUD around German dump and Mt. Gox repayments. However, the institutional investments into Spot BTC ETFs suggests Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) for investment advisors and other institutions.

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