Biggest Bitcoin fund in the world could become ETF by July as GBTC nears $40B AUM

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Grayscale may launch its Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) as quickly as July 2022, certainly one of its executives has mentioned.

Talking at a virtual event organized by MarketWatch on Oct. 27, Grayscale international head of ETFs David LaValle gave a nine-month timeline for approval by United States regulators.

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Grayscale: Now’s the time to file for an ETF

Grayscale, which runs the largest-volume Bitcoin funding product globally, the Grayscale Bitcoin Belief (GBTC), reiterated this month that it’s “dedicated” to reworking it into an ETF.

In accordance with LaValle, the timing for submitting the appliance to take action this week was supreme.

“We thought it was the proper time to submit our submitting,” he mentioned.

“Now that the Bitcoin futures merchandise have been considerably off the plate of the SEC, they’d be open to take a look at the filings of spot-based merchandise.”

ETF purposes require a prolonged 240-day evaluation interval with the U.S. Securities and Change Fee, opening up the potential for a go-ahead by July.

October noticed four ETFs get the inexperienced mild, these all based mostly on Bitcoin futures moderately than spot, one thing which Grayscale and others are eager to alter.

GBTC had $38.8 billion in belongings beneath administration (AUM) as of Thursday, with the whole throughout all Grayscale funds now at $53.1 billion.

GBTC holdings vs. BTC/USD chart. Supply: Bybt

Hayes: ETF market wants “recent capital”

As Cointelegraph reported, hopes are excessive that spot ETFs will likely be allowed to function from November amid recent criticism of futures-based merchandise.

Associated: GBTC delivered better returns than Bitcoin ETFs last week

Arthur Hayes, former head of derivatives buying and selling large BitMEX, delivered a extra scathing tackle the whole ecosystem this week.

“There already exists a pseudo-ETF with over $40 billion in AUM, the Grayscale Bitcoin Belief (GBTC). It isn’t technically an ETF, nevertheless it hoovered up belongings nonetheless. Due to this fact, what’s required just isn’t a motion of AUM from one tracker product to a different, however recent capital into the system,” he wrote in a devoted blog post.

“When GBTC is added to the combination of US-listed tracker merchandise, will there truly be web new demand from retail merchants and establishments who aren’t already invested within the area? I worry that the narrative on institutional and retail buyers plowing AUM into the complicated may be misplaced, as those that wish to be concerned largely already are.”

Markets have had years to cost in a possible ETF launch, this having seen a number of rejections by the SEC, every transferring the Bitcoin worth much less and fewer with time.

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