The financial world is abuzz with anticipation as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) faces a critical decision on whether to approve a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Will 2024 be the year that the long-awaited Bitcoin ETF becomes a reality? Let’s explore.


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The Hot Topic: Will the SEC Approve the Spot Bitcoin ETF?

The impending January 10 deadline has the cryptocurrency community on edge, as the SEC prepares to make a historic decision on the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF. Twelve major issuers, including BlackRock, Fidelity, and Franklin Templeton, are competing for this breakthrough approval that could revolutionize the way investors access Bitcoin.

Signs Pointing Towards Approval

Multiple indicators suggest that the SEC may finally be leaning towards granting approval. Ongoing meetings between SEC staff, exchanges, and potential issuers, along with a flurry of filings, indicate positive momentum. The recent granting of a ticker symbol (FBTC) to Fidelity by the CBOE has further fueled optimism within the crypto world.

The Debate Over Cash vs. In-Kind Creation

One of the key discussions surrounding the Bitcoin ETF approval revolves around the creation and redemption model. Some issuers, like BlackRock and Grayscale, advocate for allowing in-kind creation, highlighting the benefits of increased market participation and closer tracking of underlying assets. However, the SEC may need to update its rules for broker-dealers to facilitate in-kind creations, presenting a potential hurdle.

Expert Predictions and Market Sentiment

While hopes are high for a Bitcoin ETF approval in 2024, a survey conducted by Bitwise reveals some skepticism among U.S.-based financial advisers. Only 39% believe an ETF will be approved this year, while 87% overall anticipate eventual approval. Despite the differing opinions, many advisers are eager to enter the market and express their preference to buy Bitcoin after the approval of a spot ETF.


As the SEC’s decision deadline approaches, the cryptocurrency community eagerly awaits the outcome. The potential approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States could mark a significant turning point for the industry, providing easier access for institutional and retail investors alike.

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While the outcome remains uncertain, the growing interest and participation in the space signal a broader acceptance of cryptocurrencies as a legitimate investment asset class.

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