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Grayscale sees BlackRock ETF filing as Bitcoin validation

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  • Grayscale’s CEO, Michael Sonnenshein, views recent Bitcoin ETF filings, including BlackRock’s, as validation for Bitcoin.
  • Seven major firms have applied for a Bitcoin spot ETF in the U.S in the last month.
  • Grayscale aims to convert its Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) to a spot Bitcoin ETF for simpler and more protective trading.

Grayscale Investments CEO, Michael Sonnenshein, has recently voiced his opinion that the slew of recent Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) filings by leading financial institutions, including BlackRock, serves as a defining moment of affirmation for Bitcoin.

An echo of validation from industry giants

Sonnenshein, during an interview with CNBC on July 12, dismantled the idea that BlackRock’s involvement in the Bitcoin ETF arena somehow detracts from Bitcoin’s cutting-edge appeal.

In contrast, he highlighted that when the globe’s premier asset manager takes a public stance on augmenting their cryptocurrency efforts, it enhances the legitimacy and enduring relevance of this emerging asset class.

This trend is evident as BlackRock joins a cadre of at least seven other institutional firms who, over the past month, have sought approval for a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States.

The allure of such an ETF for both institutional and retail investors lies in its provision of a simplified, regulatory compliant avenue for Bitcoin exposure, without the necessity of owning any Bitcoin.

“Bitcoin isn’t going away. Investors want and deserve access to it,” said Sonnenshein. He praised the ETF structure as being tried and tested, and the preferred access point for a multitude of assets, be it commodities or stocks.

Currently, Grayscale, under Sonnenshein’s stewardship, offers American investors an indirect path to Bitcoin exposure. This is done through trading shares in trusts such as the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which holds vast Bitcoin reserves.

Grayscale’s vision for streamlined Bitcoin trading

Grayscale also aims to transition the GBTC to a spot Bitcoin ETF. This change would enable a more straightforward method for investors to engage in Bitcoin price trading without the GBTC’s nettlesome discount to net asset value.

Sonnenshein noted that offering investors Bitcoin exposure through GBTC has been a significant achievement. However, transitioning to an ETF structure will provide investors with the extra protection they seek.

Grayscale had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June 2022 following the rejection of their 2021 application to convert the GBTC to a Bitcoin ETF.

Sonnenshein mentioned that if their challenge is successful, it could potentially unlock billions of dollars of investor capital.

Market response and analyst insights on BlackRock’s ETF filing

Bitcoin’s price experienced a surge of over 20% after BlackRock’s filing for a Bitcoin ETF on June 15. According to Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas, the approval of a Bitcoin spot ETF by the SEC could unleash a colossal $30 trillion of capital for the Bitcoin market.

BlackRock’s application has already spurred a wave of optimism across the crypto market, encouraging other heavyweight firms like ARK Investment, Valkyrie, and Fidelity to file their respective Bitcoin ETF applications.

Balchunas observed that BlackRock’s involvement has substantially increased the odds of a Bitcoin spot ETF approval, from 1% to a substantial 50%.

He commended their strategic approach and mentioned, “They clearly see something out there that they think they can get through the regulators”.

The recent maneuvers by BlackRock and other financial giants serve not just as an acknowledgment of Bitcoin’s viability but also pave the way for more inclusive and streamlined access to this cryptocurrency for investors. The market now watches closely for the SEC’s decision on these Bitcoin ETF applications.

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