The search for a spot bitcoin ETF approval has caused notable effects, with bitcoin’s value rising by 20% following BlackRock’s filing.
Investors and industry insiders are still enthralled by the search for the approval of a spot BitcoinETF (exchange-traded fund). The value of bitcoin has increased by about 20% after BlackRock filed paperwork “to launch an ETF that would own bitcoin,” according to the WSJ. The same goes for shares in Coinbase Global, “which would act as the custodian for the fund’s bitcoin holdings,” which have increased by 40% over that time.
According to James Wester, Director of Cryptocurrency and Co-Head of Payments at Javelin Strategy & Research, “These filings for bitcoin ETFs show the ongoing interest around cryptocurrency from institutional investors and the desire for instruments that can satisfy that interest.” “Aside from the regulatory concerns surrounding the registrations, one important question about these ETFs is whether or not ‘institutional interest’ accurately reflects a market demand. That, however, will remain an open subject without clearance.
Other significant market participants, including Fidelity Investments and Ark Investment Management, revived their own proposals after BlackRock submitted the paperwork, according to the WSJ, seeing the potential of a spot bitcoin ETF.
An application for Australia’s first bitcoin ETF came through shortly after BlackRock submitted its papers. Cointelegraph reports that “Monochrome Asset Management has updated its application to offer a bitcoin ETF on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) through its partner Vasco Trustees.”
A year after its scheduled debut, Jacobi Asset Management just disclosed that its bitcoin ETF will begin trading later this month.
A spot bitcoin ETF’s significance goes beyond the arena of cryptocurrencies and relates to more general developments in the fields of payments, fintech, and technology. If authorized, it would represent an increase in the acceptance of and integration of digital currencies into established financial systems. A bitcoin ETF’s accessibility and simplicity of trading would draw a wider spectrum of investors, possibly promoting mainstream use and further legitimizing cryptocurrencies.