Prime Trust, the crypto custodian, has officially filed for bankruptcy, revealing liabilities ranging between $100 to $500 million.
- Franklin Templeton has announced its intention to debut a Spot Bitcoin ETF, entering the competition alongside other financial titans.
- The ETF seeks to reflect Bitcoin’s value, with Coinbase Custody Trust Company serving as its custodian.
$1.5T Asset Manager Enters the Race for the First Spot Bitcoin ETF
Franklin Templeton, a prominent asset management firm, applied with the SEC to initiate a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. Franklin Templeton is the fourth largest company to try and open a spot in Bitcoin ETF this year.
This S-1 registration statement follows the SEC’s postponement on August 31 of decisions regarding spot ETF applications from companies like Fidelity, Invesco, and WisdomTree.
Additionally, on August 29, a court-mandated that the SEC evaluate Grayscale’s request to transform its Bitcoin futures ETF into a spot ETF.
The fund is set to be organized as a trust per the filing. Coinbase would safeguard the BTC, while the Bank of New York Mellon would act as the cash custodian.
The fund’s shares are proposed to be listed on the Cboe BZX Exchange. The SEC has until October 16 to decide on the application.
The Race for The First Spot Bitcoin ETF
Major financial giants like BlackRock, Fidelity, VanEck, and Franklin Templeton have joined the competition to list the first spot-traded Bitcoin ETF in the US.
Although the SEC gave the green light to a Bitcoin-linked Futures ETF back in 2021, the latest submissions are centered around a spot Bitcoin ETF.
With Grayscale’s recent legal win against the SEC, the consensus is growing that these investment funds might soon gain approval.
Being the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock’s involvement has encouraged numerous other institutions to revisit their applications.
Historically, many of these asset managers had to either pull back their applications or endure denials from the SEC. Here’s a complete look at the primary contenders:
Following Grayscale’s recent legal triumph, Bloomberg’s ETF analysts have increased their anticipated approval odds for a spot Bitcoin ETF from 65% to 75%.
Is a Spot Bitcoin ETF Game-Changing for Crypto?
Introducing a Bitcoin ETF in the US is poised to enhance the mainstream credibility and adoption of Bitcoin investing.
In 2020 and 2021, notable publicly traded companies like Square and Tesla added Bitcoin to their balance sheets, propelling its adoption.
Yet, many traditional investors still perceive crypto as a volatile venture and merely a fad.
SEC’s endorsement of a Bitcoin ETF would pave the way for institutional investors to speculate on Bitcoin’s price. This would integrate Bitcoin into Wall Street, allowing Bitcoin to be traded alongside familiar assets like shares, gold, oil, etc.
Such a move could potentially drive a significant surge in Bitcoin’s value, bringing the top crypto to another level.
Also, introducing a spot Bitcoin ETF would open the gates for ETFs using other cryptocurrencies like Ether or XRP. Could this be one of the biggest events in crypto’s history?