The Securities and Exchange Commission has finally approved multiple-spot Bitcoin ETFs, following a spectacular false start on January 9.
As of January 10, 9:10 p.m. UTC, the approved document’s URL on the SEC website is still displaying an Error 404.
As of January 10, 9:30 p.m. UTC, the SEC’s approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs is documented in a file that may be accessed via a separate link on the commission’s website.
Within a day after a fake statement on the SEC’s official Twitter account caused chaos in the markets, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission formally authorised the first regulated spot Bitcoin, BTC, $46,129, and $45,929 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the country.
The securities regulator granted the 19b-4 applications on January 10th, which were submitted by ARK 21Shares, Invesco Galaxy, VanEck, WisdomTree, Fidelity, Valkyrie, BlackRock, Grayscale, Bitwise, Hashdex, and Franklin Templeton. These approvals allowed for the listing and trading of a spot Bitcoin ETF on the aforementioned exchanges. For several minutes, the file could be downloaded via the SEC website; however, after seeing an “Error 404” warning, it became active via another connection.
With no need to purchase Bitcoin or concern about self-custody, investors will now have direct access to the price of the cryptocurrency through the first regulated exchange-traded product in the United States, thanks to this historic approval. Investors will purchase shares in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with Bitcoin as the underlying asset.
Before the website crashed, an SEC page displaying the spot approval of a Bitcoin ETF was available. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
It was unclear if the “Error 404” indicating that the SEC had accepted 11 spot Bitcoin ETF submissions came from an excessive amount of site traffic or from the commission removing the document. The commission might not have planned to disclose the permission paperwork at the time it did, but ETF expert James Seyffart said on X (previously Twitter) that it will probably repost it nevertheless.
After Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss originally sought to establish the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust in 2013, the ETF was approved more than ten years later. Due to worries about possible fraud and market manipulation, the SEC has continuously rejected all proposals for spot Bitcoin ETFs.
But when Grayscale prevailed in a legal battle in August 2023, the SEC was compelled to reevaluate its stance. Grayscale had applied to change its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a spot Bitcoin ETF, but the SEC had rejected it.
The industry will now be eagerly watching when the spot Bitcoin ETFs start trading after they have been authorised.
While global fund manager VanEck projects that about $2.4 billion will flow into spot Bitcoin products in the first quarter of 2024, Galaxy Research head of digital Alex Thorn has calculated that spot Bitcoin ETF inflows might exceed $14 billion in the first year.
Up until the fund’s assets under management (AUM) reach $5 billion, BlackRock, the biggest asset manager in the world, will charge 0.2% in fees. Bitwise is next in line at 0.24%, while VanEck and Ark 21Shares are a little behind at 0.25%.
Interestingly, throughout the first six months or until the product exceeds $1 billion AUM, Ark 21 Shares will not charge any fees.
At 1.5%, Grayscale is now the most expensive Bitcoin ETF product available to potential investors.