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The Experts Weigh-in on the Significance of an SEC-Approved Bitcoin ETF

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In what is being lauded as a watershed moment for the crypto industry, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved 11 Bitcoin ETFs, signaling a major shift in the financial industry’s approach to digital assets. The trading of these financial instruments is scheduled to commence on Thursday. 

Following the announcement, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) soared, surpassing the $47,500 mark, albeit briefly, with a similar trend being mirrored by several other cryptocurrencies, including Ether (ETH), Cardano (ADA), and Ripple (XRP) — all of whom registered profits in excess of 6%. Experts believe that the decision carries profound implications for the crypto market and stands to garner a significant amount of attention from investors, both retail and institutional, in the near to mid-term.

Insights on potential market impact and increased volatility

Providing his thoughts on the immediate market impact of an SEC green-lighted BTC ETF, Ryan Lee, chief analyst for popular cryptocurrency exchange Bitget, believes that there will be a notable increase in the value of Bitcoin, suggesting the crypto will rise to around “$48,000 – $50,000” over the coming few days. He, however, then went on to add:

“The future price movement will also be impacted by further capital inflows into Bitcoin ETFs. The abundance or scarcity of funds will play a crucial role in market sentiment and price fluctuations, determining whether Bitcoin prices continue to rise or experience a decline. This event may trigger intense market volatility, and investors should closely monitor the market’s reaction post-ETF approval, as well as the flow of funds, to better formulate their investment strategies.”

Other market observers, too, have expressed their caution, citing the potential for heightened turbulence in the coming weeks. Concerns have been raised regarding the BTC spot market’s vulnerability to manipulation and fraud, with SEC Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw being quoted as saying:

“Today, we rely on a questionable correlation between a disaggregated, unregulated spot market and a futures market that the SEC itself does not regulate. As I noted, we rest our laurels on the idea or hope that whenever fraud and manipulation in that underlying spot market occurs, it should hopefully become apparent in the surveillance of that futures market. I’m not convinced that such transparency will exist.”

Is more institutional adoption on the cards?

Discussing the border significance of the SEC’s decision, Trevor Traina, CEO and founder of Kresus SuperApp, an all-in-one Web3 solution, views the approval as a solidification of crypto’s current place in the greater financial markets ecosystem. “We’ve seen incredible growth in the industry in recent years, and such an approval actively demonstrates a commitment to seeing further advancements and moves towards bringing digital assets to the mainstream,” he added.

Further underlining this viewpoint, SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s statement on the decision pointed to the court’s criticism of the SEC’s previous rejections of similar products, suggesting a potential shift in his regulatory perspective on crypto. In fact, this change is being seen by many as a significant step toward integrating digital assets into more regulated and widely recognized financial frameworks.

Lastly, reflecting on the long-term implications of this offering, Ben Zhou, co-founder and CEO of digital trading platform Bybit, noted that the release stands as “a testament to the resilience of Bitcoin” and a key driver for “a new epoch of institutional and wider crypto adoption.” In the coming years, Zhou envisions several diverse products entering the market, predicting:

“It [the ETF approval] heralds a new epoch of institutional and wider crypto adoption, paving the way for an Ether ETF and mixed products like a Bitcoin and Gold ETF. It’s a clear indicator that crypto’s inherent value as a global transaction system with near-instant finality and total transparency is being realized.” 

Moreover, Zhou’s remarks encapsulate an emphasis on the transformative potential of the aforementioned ETFs not just for Bitcoin but for the entire spectrum of digital assets available in the market today.

Looking ahead to a crypto-driven future

As the crypto landscape continues to evolve in the wake of 11 new Bitcoin ETFs, Fraser Edwards, CEO & co-founder of cheqd, a self-sovereign identity network for building trusted data ecosystems, suggests that while the integration of BTC into the realm of trad-fi marks a significant stride in accessibility and institutional adoption, it also intertwines Bitcoin’s fate more closely with the broader financial markets. “BTC ETFs will likely increase the correlation between the BTC price and the global financial markets,” Edwards pointed out.

Also, contrary to the notion that the approval could lead to a ‘sell the news’ event, Edwards remains optimistic, likening the introduction to the advent of online stock trading platforms, which significantly lowered the barriers to entry for average investors. He added: 

“An ETF of this nature drastically reduces the technical or financial proficiency required to invest in BTC, expanding the potential investor population from those with exchange accounts to anyone with access to ETFs. Even if a price dip is witnessed in the short term, I expect these ETFs to be the main driver for any long-term appreciation in BTC’s price.”

Thus, as the crypto market continues to reel in from such a striking development, it remains to be seen what lies in store for the industry at large. However, one thing is for sure that the coming few weeks and months will be quite action-packed and eventful.

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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