VanEck renames Bitcoin ETF to “HODL” in fifth attempt for SEC approval


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  • VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF “HODL” aims for SEC approval, eyes $2.4 billion influx and $100,000 Bitcoin price by 2024.
  • BlackRock boosts spot Bitcoin ETF application with improved monitoring and AML compliance, while ARK Invest updates its joint application.
  • Bitcoin at $43,666, up 24% in 30 days, as competition for US Bitcoin ETFs heats up.

Asset management firm VanEck has submitted an amended filing for its spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), unveiling the catchy ticker symbol “HODL.” This marks VanEck’s fifth endeavor to launch a Bitcoin ETF in the United States, with the company expressing optimism for approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in January.

VanEck’s optimistic outlook

VanEck is pushing forward with its vision for the VanEck Bitcoin Trust, previously known as the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The company has high hopes for the upcoming SEC decision, citing discussions that point toward a favorable outcome.

One of the primary objectives of VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF is to seed the fund with physical BTC. It anticipates an influx of approximately $2.4 billion in the first quarter of the launch. Moreover, VanEck is forecasting a significant surge in the price of Bitcoin, projecting it to reach $100,000 by 2024.

James Seyffart, an ETF analyst at Bloomberg, acknowledged VanEck’s persistent efforts in the competitive Bitcoin ETF race and anticipates a resolution by the January deadline.

In response to evolving SEC requirements, asset management giant BlackRock has made modifications to its applications for the inaugural spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States. 

BlackRock emphasizes its commitment to implementing robust monitoring measures to detect unusual price movements. Additionally, the company has strengthened its anti-money laundering (AML) compliance efforts, now backed by an audited statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

ARK invest’s revised spot Bitcoin ETF application

On November 20, ARK Invest amended its joint spot Bitcoin ETF application with 21Shares, providing insights into the proposed ETF’s key aspects. This includes details on custody practices and asset valuation procedures.

As the competition for a Bitcoin ETF in the United States intensifies, VanEck’s rebranded “HODL” ETF, BlackRock’s reinforced application, and ARK Invest’s updated filing all highlight the industry’s determination to provide investors with access to Bitcoin through regulated exchange-traded funds. The evolving landscape of Bitcoin ETF applications reflects the growing interest in cryptocurrencies among institutional and retail investors alike.

These developments signal a dynamic period in the cryptocurrency market, with multiple financial institutions vying to create investment products that cater to the demand for digital assets. The SEC’s decision on these applications is eagerly awaited, as it could have a significant impact on the accessibility and regulation of Bitcoin investment opportunities in the United States.

Investors and industry observers will be closely monitoring the progress of these Bitcoin ETF applications and the SEC’s response in the coming months. As the crypto market continues to mature, regulatory decisions like these are crucial steps in bridging traditional finance with the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies. Stay tuned for updates on these pivotal developments in the cryptocurrency investment landscape.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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