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Bitcoin bulls target 2024 record with SEC-approved ETF

In a groundbreaking move, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has granted approval for the first U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) designed to track Bitcoin (BTC). This development, encompassing 11 applications from major players like BlackRock, Ark Investments/21Shares, Fidelity, Invesco, and VanEck, is seen as a transformative moment for the digital asset industry.

Despite earlier warnings about potential risks associated with crypto ETFs, the SEC’s approval signifies a significant shift in regulatory sentiment, providing legitimacy and institutional recognition to the world’s largest digital asset.

A decade in the making, these ETFs are poised to revolutionize Bitcoin investment. Offering investors exposure to the crypto market without direct ownership, the ETFs aim to attract a diverse range of market participants. The SEC’s decision is particularly noteworthy amid ongoing challenges and scandals in the crypto industry, contributing positively to its overall reputation.

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Analysts at Standard Chartered predict that these ETFs could draw between $50 billion and $100 billion in inflows in the current year alone, while other estimates suggest around $55 billion over the next five years. These projections underscore the anticipated impact of these investment products on the broader financial landscape.

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Cathie Wood, founder of Ark Investment Management LLC, expressed surprise at SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s statement following the approval. Gensler, known for his skepticism towards digital assets, clarified that the SEC does not endorse cryptocurrencies. The 3-2 vote by SEC commissioners in favor of allowing spot Bitcoin ETFs reflects a nuanced stance within the regulatory body.

Looking ahead to Bitcoin’s price trajectory in 2024, industry participants are factoring in historical price cycles and the upcoming halving event scheduled for April. Despite a significant price collapse in 2022, Bitcoin witnessed a remarkable 150% surge in 2023, largely attributed to anticipation surrounding ETF developments. With Bitcoin historically exhibiting cycles and the upcoming halving event reducing supply, optimism prevails in the crypto industry about a bullish year for Bitcoin.

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Various price outlooks for Bitcoin by the end of 2024 have been shared, ranging from $60,000 to $500,000, according to CNBC interviews with individuals both inside and outside the cryptocurrency industry. The SEC’s approval of these ETFs undeniably marks a milestone in the evolution of the crypto space, ushering in a new era for investors and market participants alike.

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