Spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are likely to begin trading on Jan. 11 according to Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart, following the SEC’s approval of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs.
Seyffart posted on X that several S-1 prospectuses are “going effective,” meaning that spot Bitcoin ETFs could begin trading soon after. “There are no more steps needed,” he said. “Everyone is gonna be ready for tomorrow.”
We’re seeing a bunch of these prospectuses going Effective. S-1’s approvals are being checked off.
✔️ Effective Prospectuses (S-1’s)
These things will indeed begin trading tomorrow. There are no more steps needed pic.twitter.com/YmYyw8b0C9
— James Seyffart (@JSeyff) January 10, 2024
Seyffart told Cointelegraph on Jan. 2 — before the ETFs were approved — that he expects a spot Bitcoin ETF to launch within “a few days” of approval. However, he updated his statement after spot Bitcoin ETFs were approved, saying they could begin trading within a day of receiving approved S-1s. He updated his forecast once again as they began streaming in.
Previous crypto-related ETF products typically launched within two weeks of approval.
ProShares’ Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) was the first SEC-approved Bitcoin-linked ETF, which was approved on Oct. 11, 2021, and began trading eight days later on Oct. 19, 2021. Similarly, Valkyrie’s move to add Ether (ETH) futures to its existing Bitcoin Strategy ETF received the green light from the SEC on Sept. 28 and began trading seven days later on Oct. 5.
“That said. This isn’t like the futures ETF. The process is different. So it could theoretically be weeks […] but I think it will be days,” Seyffart added in a previous interview.
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Meanwhile, global fund manager VanEck previously estimated that roughly $2.4 billion would flow into spot Bitcoin products in the first quarter of 2024.
Looking at the bigger picture, crypto investment fund Bitwise predicted that spot Bitcoin ETFs will be “the most successful” ETF product ever launched and could capture a staggering $72 billion worth of assets under management within five years.
However, not everyone believes that Bitcoin ETFs will shatter records so quickly. VanEck adviser Gabor Gurbacs argues that the early days of Bitcoin ETFs will likely be regarded as a “let down” but could bring trillions of dollars worth of new capital into the industry in the long run.
My case for $2.5 Trillion Bitcoin flows is pretty simple. There is roughly $500 Trillion in assets globally. An assumed 0.5% global allocation would mean $2.5 Trillion flows plus appreciation long term, plus additional fund and FoF investment and credit that comes with it.
— Gabor Gurbacs (@gaborgurbacs) January 8, 2024
The approval paves the way for traditional financial giants, including multi-trillion-dollar firms such as BlackRock and Fidelity, to launch an investment vehicle that provides institutional investors in the United States with regulated exposure to Bitcoin for the first time in the nation’s history.
Despite the speculation around the funds’ short-term performance, analysts agree that spot ETFs will be a boon for the price of Bitcoin in the long-term. from crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital predicted that Bitcoin will be trading at least 74% higher than it was at the start of the year.
Bitcoin is currently trading at $46,410, up 1.52% from the time the ETF was approved.
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