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BlackRock Bonds, Income Funds Buy its Own Bitcoin IBIT ETF

BlackRock's Strategic Income Opportunities and Strategic Global Bond funds have purchased shares of the asset management giant's Bitcoin ETF, IBIT

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BlackRock’s income and bond funds have bought shares of the asset management firm's Bitcoin ETF, IBIT.

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings show that BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities acquired around $3.6 million worth of IBIT shares while BlackRock Strategic Global Bond bought $486,000 worth in Q1.

Both funds are managed by BlackRock's CIO of global fixed income, Rick Rieder.

BlackRock's IBIT is the second-largest Bitcoin ETF offering. With $17.24 billion AUM, IBIT is second only to Grayscales GBTC, which has $24.33 billion AUM.

Bracebridge Capital is the largest holder of Blackrock’s IBIT with an investment of $81 million. In Q1, the Wisconsin Investment Board bought 2.5 million shares of IBIT for a total value of $99.2 million. Elliot Capital also disclosed a $12 million stake in IBIT.

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