Grayscale CEO pleads Bitcoin spot ETF as SEC backs third BTC Futures ETF

Grayscale CEO pleads Bitcoin spot ETF as SEC backs third BTC Futures ETF

April 7, 2022

Institutional investors rejoice, there is one more way to gain exposure to Bitcoin (BTC). The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced overnight the approval of a fourth Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Fund group Teucrium is behind the most recently approved Bitcoin Futures ETF. The ETF joins a growing number of approved futures ETFs, complementing ProShares, Valkyrie, and VanEck Bitcoin Futures ETFs.

Every Bitcoin spot ETF has been rejected to date, however, for one invested observer, the way in which the approval was made could be a boon for expectant spot investors.

In a Tweet thread, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein once again banged the drum for a Bitcoin spot ETF. 71st on the list of Cointelegraph’s Top 100, Sonnenshein manages the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) Trust, one of the main avenues for buying Bitcoin in the traditional world.

Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnensheinin tweeted that “if the SEC is comfortable with a Bitcoin futures ETF, they must also be comfortable with a spot Bitcoin ETF.”

His argument surmises that as “all Bitcoin futures ETFs are created equal,” and that the Teucrium falls under a 1933 act, not the 1940 act which the other three ETFs fall under, then the argument for filing a Bitcoin spot ETF becomes “stronger.”

Sonnenshein has been a proponent and protagonist for the creation of a Bitcoin spot ETF for some time; the company shared plans to convert the GBTC Trust into an ETF in October 2021. With over $35 billion in assets under management, the GBTC Trust is the largest in the legacy finance world–the conversion to a spot ETF would be consequential.

A Bloomberg analyst, Eric Balchunas shares his view that it’s a “good sign for spot”, meaning a Bitcoin spot ETF. 

Related: SEC rejects ARK 21Shares spot Bitcoin ETF application

However, while investors wait with bated breath for a Bitcoin Spot ETF, analyst Doomberg suggests that the issue may not relate to different acts but due to the fact that futures contracts are “settled in cash.”

Gary Gensler, the Chairperson for the SEC may in fact be blocking the spot ETFs because “as long as funds flow into spot ETFs faster than they are redeemed, the net effect provides US dollar exit liquidity to those looking to cash out their Bitcoin.”

In the meantime, ProShares recently filed with the SEC for its Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF. The Bitcoin spot ETF saga continues.

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