Bitcoin Soars Above $43K: Is the First U.S. Bitcoin ETF Finally Here?



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Bitcoin Soars Above $43K: Is the First U.S. Bitcoin ETF Finally Here?
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Bitcoin (BTC) has reclaimed its position above $43,000 on December 19, buoyed by the anticipation surrounding the United States' potential first spot BTC exchange-traded fund (ETF). This development follows a tumultuous start to the week for BTC/USD, which saw a swift recovery, ending December 18 with a significant 5% gain from its daily low.

The market's optimism was further fueled by news from BlackRock, one of the applicants vying to launch the first U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF. In a notable policy shift, BlackRock announced that its product would allow for redemptions in BTC.

“An in-kind redemption of some or all of a Shareholder’s Shares in exchange for the underlying bitcoin represented by the Shares redeemed generally will not be a taxable event to the Shareholder,” stated the latest S1 filing with the U.S.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

This move is a significant step in integrating traditional finance mechanisms with the burgeoning world of cryptocurrency.

Regulatory Decisions and Market Volatility

The crypto community is eagerly awaiting the SEC’s decisions on spot ETFs, expected to start in early January 2024.

This period is viewed as crucial for the future of Bitcoin and its adoption in mainstream finance. Bob Loukas, a well-known trader and investor, expressed confidence in the SEC's engagement, suggesting that the approval of a Bitcoin ETF is almost certain.

Meanwhile, the SEC has postponed its decision on several Ethereum (ETH) ETFs until May. This delay adds another layer of uncertainty to the crypto market. As Bitcoin navigates through these regulatory developments, it also braces for the impact of macroeconomic data releases and the year-end closing.

These factors, combined with the holiday season, might contribute to increased market volatility. Crypto analysts are closely watching the market, with predictions varying widely. Crypto Ed, a prominent figure in the trading community, anticipates a potential dip below $40,000 before a significant rally.

His forecast suggests a bullish scenario where BTC/USD could reach $50,000 by the end of 2023, though he also cautions about a possible low of $38,000. The combination of regulatory decisions and market dynamics makes the coming weeks critical for the trajectory of Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency landscape.

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