Crypto investment firm Grayscale sees 900% jump in assets to $20 billion amid bitcoin frenzy

Grayscale saw its assets under management skyrocket as Wall Street used it as a proxy to invest in bitcoin.The New York-based investment firm kicked off last year with $2 billion in assets and ended with more than $20.2 billion. That 900% increase was driven by demand from institutional investors such as hedge funds, endowments and pension funds, the company said in a quarterly report Thursday.Grayscale's Bitcoin Trust became a popular, publicly traded way for investors to get exposure to cryptocurrency without owning the coins themselves. The investment product ballooned from $1.8 billion to $17.5 billion in assets year over year."We saw a meaningful acceleration of institutional participation," Michael Sonnenshein, who recently took over as CEO of Grayscale Investments, told CNBC in a phone interview. "There's no longer professional risk of investing in the digital currency asset class — there's probably more career risk in not paying attention to it."Grayscale's banner…

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