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Full List of Bitcoin ETFs Waiting Approval in January 2024 and Deadlines

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In Brief

  • The SEC is nearing a January 2024 deadline to decide on various spot Bitcoin ETF applications, a move that could impact the crypto market.
  • Bitcoin ETFs provide a regulated and simpler way to invest in Bitcoin, attracting broader investor interest and potentially stabilizing prices.
  • The decision will affect not just individual applications but also set precedents for future cryptocurrency-related financial products worldwide.
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The crypto market is brimming with anticipation as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) edges closer to the January 2024 deadline for deciding on a series of spot Bitcoin ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) applications.

This pivotal moment could potentially reshape how investors interact with Bitcoin. Consequently, it offers a regulated and more accessible avenue for exposure to this digital asset.

Understanding Bitcoin ETFs

Bitcoin ETFs, akin to traditional ETFs, offer investors an opportunity to invest in Bitcoin without the complexities of direct ownership, such as managing crypto wallets or navigating crypto exchanges. They track the performance of Bitcoin, providing a more straightforward and regulated approach to investing in this cryptocurrency.

Investing in Bitcoin ETFs offers several advantages, including accessibility, convenience, diversification, liquidity, and professional management. However, they also carry counterparty risk, liquidity risk, market volatility, and regulatory uncertainty, especially considering new regulations in the US.

The potential approval of Bitcoin ETFs is expected to broaden the investor base for Bitcoin, possibly leading to increased adoption and price stability. This comes amid a recovering crypto market, with Bitcoin trading over $42,000 in early December.

“We expect more than $2.4 billion will flow into newly approved US spot Bitcoin ETFs in Q1 2024 to keep the Bitcoin price elevated. Notwithstanding the possibility of significant volatility, the Bitcoin price is unlikely to fall below $30,000 in Q1 2024.” Matthew Sigel, VanEck’s Head of Digital Assets Research, wrote.

Read more: How To Prepare for a Bitcoin ETF: A Step-by-Step Approach

The decision by the SEC is therefore highly anticipated, as it could significantly influence future regulations and investment trends in the cryptocurrency space.

January 2024: A Turning Point

The significance of the January 2024 deadline is profound. With over ten Bitcoin ETF applications submitted, including those from industry giants like BlackRock, Fidelity, and Invesco, the SEC’s decision will have far-reaching implications.

It will affect individual applications and set a precedent for future crypto-related financial products. The SEC’s potential approval of these applications is seen as a step towards broader adoption of Bitcoin and a significant move in mainstream financial markets.

“An approved Bitcoin ETF has the potential to fuel institutional investment and usher in a transformative era for crypto. Such an ETF would provide a regulated and familiar investment vehicle for institutional investors, mitigating their concerns about liquidity, custody, and regulatory uncertainty,”  Lucas Kiely, chief investment officer at Yield App, told BeInCrypto. 

Bitcoin ETF Deadlines to Watch

The list of pending Bitcoin ETF applications is extensive, with deadlines spanning from early to late January 2024:

InstitutionTickerEntity AUMExpected Response DateFinal DeadlineStatus
GrayscaleGBTC$46.10 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 1, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on December 2, 2023
ARK and 21SharesARKB$6.70 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 10, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on December 4, 2023
BitwiseBITB$1 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 14, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on December 4, 2023
Blackrock (iShares)IBTC$9.42 trillionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 15, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on October 30, 2023
VanEckN/A$76.40 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 15, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on November 17, 2023
WisdomTreeBTCW$97.50 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 15, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on October 18, 2023
Invesco GalaxyBTCO$1.50 trillionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 15, 2024Listing appeared on the DTCC website on November 1, 2023
Fidelity (Wise Origin)N/A$4.50 trillionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 15, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on October 30, 2023
ValkyrieBRRR$1.40 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024January 17, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on December 2, 2023
Global XN/A$46 billionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024February 19, 2024Updated their S-1 filings with the SEC on November 15, 2023
HashdexDEFI$494 millionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024March 31, 2024Updated their S-1 filings for Trust to ETF conversion with the SEC on November 24, 2023,
Franklin TempletonN/A$1.50 trillionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024March 31, 2024SEC initiates commenting window on November 28, 2023
Pando AssetN/A$30 millionBetween January 5 and January 10, 2024UnknownSEC initiates commenting window on Nov 28 2023

These dates are crucial for investors and the cryptocurrency community, representing the SEC’s final decision points for these high-profile applications.

The Role of BlackRock

Among the applicants, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with a staggering $9.42 trillion in assets under management, stands out. Its partnership with Coinbase and an impressive track record of successful ETF applications with the SEC make it a strong contender in the race for Bitcoin ETF approval.

A positive outcome for BlackRock could be a significant catalyst for Bitcoin’s price, potentially propelling it to new heights.

“When [BlackRock] filed [for a spot Bitcoin ETF], it was a whole different ballgame in my opinion. The fact is they generally like to bring a gun to a knife fight. This is a firm who doesn’t like to lose, who knows what they’re doing, and they must see something [in Bitcoin],” Eric Balchunas, an analyst at Bloomberg, emphasized.

As the January 2024 deadline approaches, the cryptocurrency market is on the cusp of a potentially transformative phase. The SEC’s decision on Bitcoin ETFs will impact investors and play a crucial role in shaping the future of crypto regulations and investments.

Whether these ETFs get the green light or face rejection, their fate will leave an indelible mark on the cryptocurrency market and investment strategies in the digital age.

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