A Bitcoin ETF. It hasn’t happened yet, but the story won’t go away.
Grayscale Investments announced yesterday it wants to hire nine employees with expertise in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The posts included a compliance officer and a specialist in creating and redeeming shares.
That’s a big deal coming from the world’s largest manager of digital assets. It already runs the popular Bitcoin Investment Trust, which has drawbacks compared to an ETF. For example, GBTC trades over the counter and has a high management fee of 2 percent. While it’s often viewed like an ETF, it’s off-limits to many large investors.
News that Grayscale is hiring industry experts spurred optimism that an ETF could hit the mass market soon.
Two other companies are already seeking approval. Valkyrie Digital Assets filed an ETF application with the Securities and Exchange Commission in late January. VanEck launched the process with Cboe on March 1. Van Eck already runs major equity funds like Market Vector Semiconductors (SMH) and Market Vector Gold Miners (GDX).
Will Bitcoin Have An ETF Soon?
The SEC has rejected previous Bitcoin ETFs. However conditions may be changing. Canada has already approved two Bitcoin ETFs, and has a third application pending. Yesterday in Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill called “Eliminate Barriers to Innovation Act of 2021.” The measure would clarify jurisdiction between agencies and create a working group with government officials and industry participants, according to CoinDesk.
Excitement about the news, plus bullish price trends, helped lift Bitcoin back above $1 trillion market capitalization. Some positive stories have also emerged recently.
- On Monday, Cointelegraph reported that one-fifth of the Bitcoin once held by exchanges has been moved to cold storage. That means large institutions are accumulating tokens and moving into digital vaults for long-term holding.
- Also Monday, CoinDesk said that Morgan Stanley (MS) and Soros Fund Management had invested in Bitcoin firm NYDIG.
- On Tuesday, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) announced a product to track major firms in cryptocurrency space, including Microstrategy (MSTR) and Square (SQ).