Spot Bitcoin ETF launch expected to attract trillions over time


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  • Bitcoin ETFs’ initial impact is modest; long-term potential is significant.
  • ETF approval could legitimize crypto for institutions.
  • The market is divided on the ETF launch’s price impact.

Investors may be underwhelmed by the immediate impact of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Still, industry experts are predicting that these financial products have the potential to draw trillions of dollars into the cryptocurrency market in the long run.

 VanEck adviser Gabor Gurbacs Bloomberg ETF analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart have all voiced their optimism about the transformative impact of Bitcoin ETFs on the cryptocurrency landscape.

Bitcoin ETF limited initial impact

While there is significant anticipation surrounding the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs, it appears that the initial impact may not live up to the lofty expectations. Gurbacs suggests that the immediate net inflows into these ETFs could amount to just around $100 million, primarily coming from large institutional investors who are reallocating existing assets. This relatively modest start may lead some to deem the launch a “let down.”

However, Gurbacs, Balchunas, and Seyffart all share a more positive outlook on the long-term prospects of Bitcoin ETFs. They draw parallels to the launch of gold ETFs in 2004, which initially had a limited impact on the price of gold. 

Nevertheless, over the subsequent eight years, the price of gold surged from $400 to $1,800, and the total market capitalization of gold grew from $2 trillion to $10 trillion. These remarkable gains demonstrate the latent potential of ETFs to drive significant value over time.

Bitcoin’s market cap vs. gold

Comparing Bitcoin to gold, which commands a market capitalization of $834 billion today, representing approximately 41% of the market capitalization of gold in 2004, Gurbacs believes that the cryptocurrency could experience a similar price trajectory following the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States. Importantly, he anticipates that Bitcoin’s ascent could occur much more rapidly due to its capped supply and events like the halving, which further reduce its availability.

Legitimizing Bitcoin for institutional investors and nation-states

One of the key advantages of a spot Bitcoin ETF, as highlighted by Gurbacs, is its potential to legitimize and destigmatize Bitcoin in the eyes of institutional investors and nation-states. 

These financial products provide a regulated and standardized way for traditional investors to gain exposure to Bitcoin, potentially easing concerns related to regulatory compliance and security.

Bloomberg ETF analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart concur with Gurbacs’ assessment. They emphasize that while many may be fixated on short-term data points such as day-one inflows into the ETF, the true significance of these products lies in their long-term impact on the cryptocurrency market. 

The cryptocurrency community remains divided over the potential market reaction to the expected approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States. Some believe that this event could trigger a significant and enduring uptick in Bitcoin’s price, as investors rush to gain exposure through the new investment vehicle. 

On the other hand, there are those who suggest that it could be a “sell the news” event, with the initial excitement followed by a short-term price correction.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

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Lacton Muriuki

Lacton is an experienced journalist specializing in blockchain-based technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency. He dabbles in daily crypto news rich with well-researched stats. He adds aesthetic appeal, adding a human face to technology.

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