US SEC Starts Reviewing Several Spot Bitcoin ETF, Including BlackRock’s
The cryptocurrency market has been eagerly anticipating the approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States, and recent developments have sparked renewed hope. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant step forward by putting six spot Bitcoin ETF applications under review, a process that could potentially pave the way for their official approval or rejection. Among the notable players seeking to launch these ETFs are financial giants like BlackRock and Fidelity Digital Assets, whose interest in the crypto space has injected enthusiasm into the market.
Spot BTC ETF Applications under SEC Review
The SEC has formally acknowledged the applications of six major companies that have filed for the introduction of a spot Bitcoin ETF in America. These companies include BlackRock, VanEck, WisdomTree, Fidelity Digital Assets, Bitwise, and Invesco. While the Commission has previously failed to greenlight such products, the enthusiasm and interest shown by financial giants have given rise to speculation that this time could be different.
The SEC has already granted approval for a futures-based Bitcoin ETF, known as the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, back in October 2021. This approval came just a few weeks before Bitcoin’s all-time high of nearly $70,000. However, the approval of a spot BTC ETF has been a more elusive goal.
Industry experts and prominent individuals believe that the SEC might be more inclined to approve a spot BTC ETF if it is deemed safe for investors. Jay Clayton, the former Chairman of the US SEC, expressed that if the interested parties can demonstrate that the spot market is as efficient and reliable as the futures market, the agency might find it hard to resist approving a Bitcoin ETF.
BlackRock’s Influence and Game-Changing Potential
The involvement of BlackRock, a major player in the financial industry, has been seen as a potential game-changer in the quest for a spot BTC ETF approval. Throughout its history, BlackRock has filed a total of 576 ETF applications with the SEC and has experienced only one rejection. This track record has led many to believe that BlackRock’s application for a spot BTC ETF might be better received.
The approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF could have far-reaching effects on the cryptocurrency market and broader investor adoption. Galaxy Digital’s founder, Mike Novogratz, believes that such an approval could lead to a surge in mass adoption by investors who were previously hesitant to enter the crypto ecosystem. An ETF backed by spot Bitcoin would offer investors a more direct and regulated way to gain exposure to the digital asset, potentially attracting institutional and retail investors alike.