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SEC Commences Regulatory Review as BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Application Gets Accepted

SEC begins a regulatory review as BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF application gains acceptance, paving the way for potential crypto market expansion

Shashank Bhardwaj
Published: Jul 17, 2023 02:54:04 PM IST
Updated: Jul 17, 2023 06:08:44 PM IST

SEC Commences Regulatory Review as BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Application Gets AcceptedImage: Shutterstock 

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant step toward embracing the potential of cryptos by accepting BlackRock's application for a spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF). 

This decision comes shortly after the SEC acknowledged a similar application by Bitwise, marking the official commencement of the regulatory review process for BlackRock's ETF proposal. 

ETFs are investment funds that track specific indexes and are traded on exchanges. In the world of cryptos, a crypto ETF mirrors the value of digital tokens and may comprise a variety of cryptos.

The involvement of BlackRock, a prominent player in the financial industry, adds considerable weight to the spot Bitcoin ETF race. In their filing, BlackRock also secured an agreement for "surveillance-sharing" with Coinbase, a leading crypto exchange. This collaboration emphasises the company's commitment to addressing regulatory concerns and promoting transparency in the crypto market.

The competition among companies striving to launch a Bitcoin ETF in the United States is viewed as a positive development for the crypto industry. With multiple filings in progress, the likelihood of success increases, and the SEC gains the opportunity to evaluate different strategies and address various concerns presented by the applicants.

It is worth noting that the SEC has yet to approve a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States. However, neighbouring Canada has already approved several significant funds, including Purpose Bitcoin, 3iQ CoinShares, and CI Galaxy Bitcoin. These approvals provide a glimpse into the potential future landscape of the United States crypto market and fuel optimism among industry participants.

The acceptance of BlackRock's application and the ongoing regulatory review process exemplify a growing acceptance of digital assets within traditional financial institutions. As the world becomes increasingly digitised, the SEC's willingness to explore the potential of a spot Bitcoin ETF reflects an evolving perspective on the role of cryptos in the global economy.

As the SEC delves deeper into the regulatory review process for BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF proposal, industry observers eagerly await the outcome, recognising the potential for this development to reshape the landscape of the crypto market in the United States.

Shashank is the founder of yMedia. He ventured into crypto in 2013 and is an ETH maximalist. Twitter: @bhardwajshash

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