The SEC has swatted down so many spot bitcoin ETF applications that crypto diehards simply gave up caring. Then comes TradFi giant BlackRock – at the height of the SEC’s crypto crackdown, no less – with an ETF application that has seemingly changed the calculus. Bloomberg Intelligence ETF watcher James Seyffart joins the show to unpack the odds of BlackRock being the first to win approval, and what it would mean for other players in the space chasing down TradFi’s “holy grail.”

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Show highlights:

  • why the SEC rejected all of the previous bitcoin spot ETF applications
  • what makes the application from BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, different
  • what a 19b-4 filing is and how it relates to the BlackRock application
  • whether BlackRock “knows something,” considering the recent enforcement actions against major crypto exchanges
  • why being a first mover is a considerable advantage in the ETF market
  • whether BlackRock choosing Coinbase as a custodian is a risk, given that the SEC is in a legal battle with Coinbase
  • what’s different about a spot bitcoin ETF, and why a bitcoin futures ETF is not enough
  • what are the differences between the applications filed by BlackRock, Invesco, WisdomTree and Valkyrie
  • which are the applications that are most likely to be approved, according to James
  • what the impact will be of Grayscale’s lawsuit against the SEC over the denial of its proposal to convert GBTC to an ETF
  • why James says that Gary Gensler could be thinking like a politician as it relates to spot bitcoin ETFs


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