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El Salvador's Bitcoin Revolution: Bukele's Re-Election

El Salvador’s Political Landscape: Bukele’s Re-Election and Bitcoin Integration The recent re-election of President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador marks a pivotal moment in the nation’s political and economic journey. With an overwhelming 85% of the vote according to exit polls, Bukele’s victory not only underscores his popularity but also reflects a broader endorsement of his controversial policies—particularly his bold embrace of Bitcoin as legal tender. This pioneering approach has positioned El Salvador at the forefront of cryptocurrency adoption on a global scale, despite facing international scrutiny. The Bukele Administration: A Brief Overview Since assuming office in 2019, Bukele has made significant strides in several key areas: Gang Violence Reduction: His administration has implemented strategies aimed at curbing the rampant gang violence that has plagued the country for years. Bitcoin Legalization: In September 2021, El Salvador made history by becoming the first

Bitcoin ETF Contenders Race to Clear Final Hurdle for Approval

Bitcoin ETF contenders are facing a crucial deadline today as they have the opportunity to file any last-minute changes to their applications. This step is seen as the final hurdle for approval, and it involves the inclusion of authorized participant agreements. The authorized participant plays a crucial role in the creation and redemption of shares in an ETF, allowing investors to cash out. After months of negotiations between asset fund managers and the SEC, this stage is anticipated to be the final part of the application process.

According to Reuters, the SEC set a deadline of December 29 for Bitcoin ETF contenders to submit any amendments to their applications. In recent weeks, top contenders such as BlackRock and ARK Invest, led by Cathie Wood, have filed various amendments. Two key details have emerged from these filings. Firstly, the SEC appears to be requiring that Bitcoin ETFs follow a cash model, meaning that new funds must be created with cash instead of Bitcoin. Secondly, the SEC is insisting on authorized participant agreements being in place.

Failure to include both of these provisions in the amendment by today may result in the exclusion of the applicant from the Bitcoin ETF race, as explained by Bloomberg Senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas. In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday, Balchunas mentioned that he expects some authorized participants to be named today, although it is more likely that this will occur just days before the launch of a Bitcoin ETF. Notably, ARK Invest and 21 Shares submitted an amendment yesterday that included mention of authorized participant agreements, but the authorized participant was not named.

Experts in the field anticipate the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the new year. Bloomberg Intelligence analysts have stated that there is a 90% chance that a Bitcoin ETF will begin trading by January 10. An ETF is an investment vehicle that tracks the value of an underlying asset, such as gold, foreign currencies, or Bitcoin. In the case of a spot Bitcoin ETF, it allows individuals to gain exposure to the digital coin by purchasing shares that mirror its price.

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