The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be on the verge of approving all 12 pending spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications within the next eight days. This development has sparked anticipation and speculation among market analysts. Bloomberg ETF analysts James Seyffart and Eric Balchunas suggest that there is a window of opportunity between November 9 and November 17 for the SEC to grant approval to these ETF filings. However, it’s important to note that this is not a guarantee, but rather a possibility that has generated significant interest in the crypto community.

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The Possibility of Approval for 12 Spot Bitcoin ETFs

According to Bloomberg analysts, the SEC has a limited timeframe, starting from November 9, to potentially approve all 12 spot Bitcoin ETF filings, including the conversion of Grayscale’s GBTC trust product. This opportunity arises due to the extension of the comment period for several pending applications, with November 8 serving as the last day for comments. While this window of opportunity exists until November 17, it is crucial to recognize that the SEC could make decisions on nine of the twelve applications at any time before January 10.


The Outlook for Approval

Both James Seyffart and Eric Balchunas express optimism regarding the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs, predicting a 90% chance of approval before January 10 of the following year.

However, it’s important to exercise caution and understand that an approval is not guaranteed.

Before January 10, nine pending applications for spot Bitcoin ETFs technically stand a chance of approval at any moment. Source: James Seyffart

The crypto market has seen significant gains in recent months, with Bitcoin’s price surging over 30%. This increased optimism surrounding a potential ETF approval has also positively impacted the prices of other major cryptocurrencies such as Solana, Ripple, and Ether.

Grayscale’s Engagement with the SEC

Meanwhile, Grayscale, a prominent crypto asset manager, has reportedly been engaging in discussions with the SEC regarding its application to convert its GBTC trust product into a spot Bitcoin ETF. Following a court victory in August, Grayscale has been in contact with the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets and the Division of Corporation Finance. This development further adds to the overall anticipation surrounding the potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs.



The possibility of the SEC approving all 12 pending spot Bitcoin ETF applications has sparked excitement and speculation in the crypto market. While there is no guarantee of approval, the timeframe between November 9 and November 17 presents an opportunity for significant developments.

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The outcome of these decisions could have a profound impact on the crypto industry and potentially pave the way for increased adoption and mainstream acceptance of Bitcoin ETFs.

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