ETF hopes power Bitcoin over $59,000
With the news Bitcoin exchange traded funds could be about to land in the US, BTC intensifies its upswing.
Bitcoin bounces on positive SEC noise
Reports from Bloomberg indicate that the SEC would be in favour of approving at least some Bitcoin ETFs.
The SEC is reviewing 40 Bitcoin exchange traded funds right now. It is believed that the commission will approve at least some of these. That would make any new ETFs the first of their kind in the United States.
The news filled crypto traders with renewed confidence this morning, sending BTC prices soaring. Prices nudged the $60,000 mark with highs of $59,931 registered on Thursday. At the time of writing, BTC was trading for $59,395.
Bitcoin Futures passed $60,000 this morning before falling back to around $59,650. Both BTC and futures are up over 3% on the day.
If the SEC approves a Bitcoin ETF it will be the first of its kind in the US. Previously, commissions in places like Brazil, Canada, and Europe had given the green light to crypto exchange traded funds.
So, who is making the applications? Bloomberg mentioned ProShares and Invesco and two frontrunners who may see their applications approved next week.
Valkyrie, VanEck and Galaxy Digital Funds have all made ETF applications this year too.
The Bloomberg report said that ProShares and Invesco’s proposals are based on futures contracts. They were reportedly filed under mutual fund rules that SEC Chair Gary Gensler has said provide “significant investor protections”.
Gensler helped boost Bitcoin prices last week when it was reported that he said the SEC had no plans to launch a crypto ban. His comments came in the wake of a move by the People’s Bank of China that made digital token transactions illegal in China.
That said, Gensler had previously stated he believes that the crypto market could encourage price manipulation and expose millions of investors to significant risk.
However, this time Gensler and the SEC’s actions appear to have instilled high confidence in crypto traders.
Other tokens have been brought up by the Bitcoin surge. This is a regular occurrence. When Bitcoin is up, certain coins tend to perform well, and vice versa. Ethereum, for example, reached $3,855 after Bloomberg’s report was published.
Eight consecutive weeks of inflows for the crypto market
Data from digital asset managers CoinShare said cryptocurrency products attracted $226.2m in investments for the week ending October 8th. Fittingly, that marked the eighth consecutive week for inflows across the digital token sector.
Across that eight weeks, the total invested came to $638m. The overall figure for the year-to-date is $6.3bn.
Big business, but, with the global digital currency sector worth over $2 trillion, we knew that already.
No prizes for guessing which coin attracted the most attention. Yep, it was bitcoin. CoinShare says the world’s most popular token attracted $225m during the review period. Unlike other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin has only had four consecutive weeks of sustained inbound investment.
Ethereum saw minor outflows totalling $14 million. While still the world’s second most valuable token by capex, ETH continues to lose ground to the Bitcoin behemoth. Altcoins such as Solana and Cardano posted inflows of $12.5 million and $3 million.
Litecoin, Ripple and Polkadot all posted outflows.