The SEC approved all 11 outstanding Bitcoin ETF applications today. The deadline for response was today thanks to the application from Cathie Wood’s ARK Investment & 21 Shares Bitcoin ETF.

So what does this mean and why is a Bitcoin ETF important? And here is a copy of the full approval. The SEC link is breaking so we downloaded a copy for you here.

Institutional Investors Need an ETF

Thanks to regulatory uncertainty in the US, the only way for big banks, investment funds, and hedge funds to invest in Bitcoin is to hold it in your own personal wallet. Either a custodial wallet or a self-custody version as most of you reading this do.

And for Fidelity or Blackrock, that just doesn’t cut it. You can’t get mass market influence, adoption, or revenue if everyone has to create their own wallet. An ETF is one of the few investment vehicles in the US with total regulatory clarity.

That and the multi-trillion dollar US investment market make this decision important.

What Does This Decision Mean?

First, this means that everyday investors will be able to access Bitcoin for its investment potential. As we’ve said.

Second, the institutional investors mentioned above are here to stay.

Today marks a definitive line between before institutions impacted Bitcoin and after. If you got some Bitcoin before the big guys, then congrats. You front-ran the biggest banks and investment funds in the world.

These 11 ETFs will absorb all of the spot markets current liquidity and then some. There is not enough liquid Bitcoin for all the ETFs to get all the Bitcoin they need to back the billions in investment expected. Many are expecting a multiplier effect on the price from the billions of new Bitcoin buying power. No one knows for sure but I agree as do many of us here at Altcoin Buzz.

Remember, they ARE allowed to do cash in and cash out instead of “in kind” where they would have to sell Bitcoin for client withdrawals. This means ARK, Blackrock, Fidelity, and all of them will be long-term holders of Bitcoin. They will just move money around as needed to fund client withdrawals.

Yesterday’s Havoc

Yesterday was chaotic with a false decision announced from a “compromised” SEC Twitter account.

This is one of the more popular opinions floating around out there about what really happened. I also believe (my own opinion not Altcoin Buzz) that either this was a scheduled tweet published accidentally or an SEC employee wanted to be the one to break the news that usually doesn’t handle the Twitter/X handle for the SEC.

Of course, the irony of requiring so many security and other considerations before approval when your own account gets compromised right before decision day is not lost on many on Crypto Twitter.

The Bitcoin Banks Idea

Way back in 2010, OG Cypherpunk Hal Finney (RIP) talked about Bitcoin banks. And if you’ve seen my work here you know I’ve quoted this at least a handful of times.

We often talk about this as Layer 2’s and other scaling solutions are necessary for Bitcoin to continue to grow.

There’s another way to look at it too.

It could mean these institutions holding Bitcoin in reserve means fewer individual retail transactions. Or possibly fewer self-custodying Bitcoin. If you are, then you are ahead of the game.

Market Reactions to the ETF Decision

We’ve looked into this in previous articles here. This article from a week ago looked at pump, dump, and consolidation possibilities that could happen from the decision.

Longer term, we are still VERY bullish on Bitcoin specifically and crypto in general.

Since the decision, markets are up. Bitcoin is up 2% while Ethereum as the #2 is up 3%. Other big movers are SEI up 7%, Arbitrum up 6%, and ORDI up 6%. All from our friends at CoinGecko and all in the last hour, as of this writing.

One thing is for sure. Institutions are coming. And now they are here. They now see Bitcoin the way we do. It’s an asset. And it’s money. It’s valuable. And it retains tons of value by staying out of government hands.

I’m excited to see what happens next.


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