Cathie Wood Bullish: US SEC Ruling Impact on Bitcoin Spot ETF
- Cathie Wood, CEO of Ark Invest, believes that BlackRock does not have an advantage over ARK Invest in the application of a Bitcoin spot ETF.
- Wood suggests that if the US SEC loses the “Grayscale v. SEC” case, the chances of approving a Bitcoin spot ETF would increase.
Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood spoke to Fortune magazine about a Bitcoin spot ETF filing and SEC approval.
In an interview with Fortune magazine, Cathie Wood, CEO of Ark Invest, expressed her perspective on the application of a Bitcoin spot ETF and its potential approval by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Wood believes that BlackRock does not hold an advantage over ARK Invest in this regard, stating that any necessary revisions to their application profile can be made swiftly.
Wood highlighted that while BlackRock’s application includes a supervisory sharing clause, ARK Invest can easily adjust their application to align with industry standards. Wood emphasized that multiple institutions are moving towards this direction and have submitted their respective applications. The SEC is expected to review ARK Invest’s application by mid-January next year, while BlackRock’s review is anticipated before March next year.
Cathie Wood pointed out that the SEC has already approved some Bitcoin futures ETFs and recently granted approval for a leveraged Bitcoin futures ETF. However, she believes that spot ETFs, such as the grayscale version, offer greater security as they are fully backed by bitcoins stored in cold wallets, in contrast to futures that involve swaps. Wood finds the SEC’s approval situation contradictory, with futures ETFs being approved while spot ETFs are rejected.
Moreover, Wood stated that if the SEC were to lose the ongoing “Grayscale v. SEC” case, the likelihood of approving a Bitcoin spot ETF would increase. This case outcome could potentially shape the SEC’s stance on spot ETFs and pave the way for their approval.
As the regulatory landscape evolves, investors and industry players eagerly await the SEC’s decisions on Bitcoin spot ETFs, which could have significant implications for the cryptocurrency market and investment opportunities.
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