Right now, everyone in the crypto industry is talking about a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) that may be put into force by the end of 2018. However, some analysts are certain that an ETF like this may not arrive until next year.
Since it is a publicly traded instrument, a Bitcoin ETF will open a massive load of capital from retail traders and individual investors in the US public market. Not similar to direct investments on the cryptocurrency exchange platforms, a fund like this will protect the funds of investors and insure them as a trusted intermediary.
Therefore, an ETF could definitely open the gates to billion-dollar investments – especially for investors who were reluctant towards investing in the cryptocurrency sector due to security and compliance concerns. With the introduction of an ETF, they will likely invest in the cryptocurrency market through ETFs.
As one famous cryptocurrency investor and content creator named Nicholas Merten stated:
“Here’s why a bitcoin ETF matters: With the release of an ETF, this allows investors to add BTC to their retirement portfolio. Global Pensions Market: $41.3 trillion If BTC captures just 1% of global pensions, that would create $413,000,000,000 of exposure for cryptocurrencies.”
It is safe to say that right now, most of the investors, analysts and researchers in the crypto market and traditional finance sector are optimistic about the approval of a Bitcoin ETF. The host at CNBC’s Fast Money show and the CEO of BKCM, Brian Kelly, recently mentioned that the first Bitcoin ETF will not be approved within 2018 (knowing the history of the SEC and its delays on Bitcoin ETFs). As he stated:
“I also hope there is an ETF. But I think the chances of a bitcoin ETF in 2018 are relatively low. There is still quite a few things. That doesn’t stop speculation on that. That’s one reason why we’ve seen this bottoming process here from $5,800 to $8,500.”
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“Cryptocurrencies represent a new frontier in digital finance and their popularity is growing. The decentralized networks for cryptocurrencies, bitcoin being a well-known example, can keep track of digital transactions. They enable value to be exchanged and can give rise to new business models which would otherwise require significant regulatory and institutional commitments." the report states.According to the UN, blockchain and crypto have many use cases. As it is explained in the document:
"For example, a value token called ClimateCoin is being considered as a basis for creating a global market for carbon emissions, allowing peer-to-peer exchange of carbon credits and a direct connection with the Internet of Things. It would then be possible for devices to calculate their own carbon emissions and purchase carbon credits to offset those emissions."The document also focuses on innovation and how it comes from inherent trust, citing that "the innovativeness of this system lies in the way in which the various parts combine to create the trust and guarantees that the traditional financial system derives from institutions and regulation."
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“The power of having that future there is also having an ETN that is more attractive to retail, and then institutions can lay that risk off on the listed futures market. [...] Absent that leg and introducing trackers or notes, I think we will be in this, 'It trades every day, but it is not the story.'”He also said that the main reason why regulators did not approve a Bitcoin exchange-traded product such as the (still-pending) ETF applications is that the regulators cannot protect investors from manipulation on a market. “You answer that question, you get your first ETN,” the president of CBOE concluded.
“Bitcoin Is The Only Blockchain That May Exist For The Next 100 Years” : Alistair Milne
“The probability that Bitcoin matches its ATH [all-time high] price again and doesn't then continue past it seems very low. Each wave of adoption is an order of magnitude bigger than the last,” Milne wrote in the Twitter thread that he started on Saturday.Meanwhile, Bitcoin suffered another drop which took it below $3,500, giving less optimism to traders hoping for a new bull run. The new downturn has led to many accusations from high-profile economics figures. However, Milne continued expressing his optimism and said:
“The next bull run will decide which public blockchains persist for the next 100 years. I believe Bitcoin is currently the *only* sure thing[.]”Aside from this, Milne also highlighted the interest by institutional investors and labeled Bitcoin's profile as the "gold 2.0" in the next round of adoption.
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