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JPMorgan Downplays Bitcoin ETFs' Market Impact

Fri, 07/07/2023 - 18:27
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Alex Dovbnya
JPMorgan strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou expresses doubt on the potential transformative impact of these financial instruments on the crypto market
JPMorgan Downplays Bitcoin ETFs' Market Impact
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Asset management giants including BlackRock, Invesco, and Fidelity are racing to gain approval for a Bitcoin ETF.

However, JPMorgan strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou questions whether such an approval would make a significant dent in the cryptocurrency market. Panigirtzoglou points out that similar funds have been launched in Canada and Europe, but they have failed to draw substantial investor interest.

As the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) scrutinizes the onslaught of applications for spot-Bitcoin ETFs, JPMorgan's strategist casts a shadow of doubt on the potential market impact of these financial instruments.

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Many Bitcoin analysts argue that the introduction of a Bitcoin ETF would indeed be a game-changer. They cite the example of the gold ETF, which, when launched, had a transformative impact on the gold price and brought a surge of retail investors into the market. They believe that a similar influx could occur in the crypto market following the approval of a Bitcoin ETF in the US, democratizing access to this emerging asset class.

Despite the SEC's historical skepticism towards Bitcoin ETFs, primarily due to concerns about potential market manipulation, optimism has increased this year following the application by BlackRock. BlackRock, having a nearly spotless track record of gaining approval for all types of exchange-traded funds, is expected to boost confidence in the process.

Moreover, recent applications have demonstrated efforts to address regulators' worries, particularly focusing on surveillance-sharing agreements to mitigate fears over market manipulation.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who recently commented on the firm's application for a spot Bitcoin ETF, emphasized the potential to 'democratize' crypto, leveling the playing field for investors.

Whether or not the SEC greenlights these applications and what impact they will have on the cryptocurrency landscape remains to be seen.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at