Bitcoin recently hit a two month high and experts are now eyeing the $10,000 mark. What’s the reason for this recent boost? One major factor is the news that the SEC might be set to approve the first Bitcoin-based ETF.
What’s An ETF?
An ETF, or an exchange-traded fund, is a marketable security that tracks an index, a commodity, bonds, or a basket of assets. So with a Bitcoin ETF, investors wouldn’t be holding actual cryptocurrency themselves, but would be investing in a vehicle that tracks the price of the cryptocurrency.
What’s The Big Deal?
Simply put: the approval of a Bitcoin ETF would almost certainly lead to an influx of mainstream financing into the crypto-shere. Bitcoin-based ETFs have been proposed multiple times over the years, but have always been refused for regulatory reasons. For the first time, that looks set to change.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to announce as soon as August 10 its decision regarding a recent Bitcoin ETF license application from CBOE Exchange. And the markets are heating up!
Here Comes The Mainstream Money?
From Goldman Sachs to Blackrock (the world’s largest asset management firm), many original crypto naysayers and cynics have begun changing their tune in the face of more good news regarding cryptocurrency. JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon once called Bitcoin a “fraud”… Now the very same bank is referring to this event as the “the holy grail for owners and investors.”
What Does This Mean For Crypto Investors?
In 2003 the first gold backed ETF was introduced into the market by the Rothschilds and The Deutsche Bank. Not long after, the price of gold skyrocketed from $300 an ounce to $1300. A 300% increase!
An approval of a Bitcoin-based ETF could very well have a similar type of effect on crypto-markets. This is a big deal. We’re eagerly awaiting the news in August!
Cryptocurrencies have generated a lot of wealth for a lot of people in a very short period of time. A market that moves as quickly as this one will create its share of skeptics. How do we know that bitcoin, something that’s essentially invisible and intangible, has value?
Eight years ago today, the first reported exchange of bitcoin for a consumer product – a pair of Papa John’s pizzas – took place. At a total cost of 10,000 bitcoins, it was a milestone for the adoption of cryptocurrency and one that has since been commemorated though the celebration of May 22 as “Bitcoin Pizza Day.”
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