SEC Hints At Bitcoin Futures ETF Approval: What You Need To Know | Summary and Q&A

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August 31, 2021
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SEC Hints At Bitcoin Futures ETF Approval: What You Need To Know

TL;DR

Asset managers are optimistic about the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in the US, following SEC Chairman Gary Gensler's openness to new technologies and crypto assets.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the general sentiment among asset managers regarding the SEC Chairman's comments?

Asset managers, including CFRA, are optimistic about the SEC Chairman's comments as they provide hope for the approval of a Bitcoin ETF after years of negative sentiment.

Q: What is the difference between a futures-based ETF and a physical Bitcoin ETF?

A futures-based product is structured around the futures market, which offers enhanced risk controls and regulation. Performance differences can exist between futures-based ETFs and physical ETFs due to the nature of futures being a guesstimate of the asset's future value.

Q: Why do asset managers prefer a physical Bitcoin ETF?

Asset managers have been pushing for a physical Bitcoin ETF for years due to its uniqueness as an investment asset. However, the SEC seems more comfortable with futures-based products, which may have more regulatory oversight.

Q: When can investors expect to see Bitcoin ETFs come to market?

The timeline for Bitcoin ETF approval and launch remains uncertain, but it is more reasonable to expect them to come to market in 2022. The SEC may want to ensure a fair launch for multiple asset managers, avoiding playing favorites.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • SEC Chairman's recent comments provide optimism for asset managers seeking approval for a Bitcoin ETF.

  • The SEC seems more comfortable with futures-based products than physical Bitcoin ETFs.

  • Performance differences exist between futures-based and physical Bitcoin ETFs, with potential impact on returns.

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