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VanEck’s Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Receives Scathing Comments, What’s The Deal?

Bitcoin Has No “Intrinsic Value”: American Investors Weigh In

Since a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) was proposed in the U.S. markets, pundits have lauded it as the single thing that could bring the cryptocurrency market from “immature” to “mature.” Others have also touted such a vehicle as the rocketship that would bring BTC to the moon, so to speak.

Yet, members of the non-crypto public aren’t too sold on the entire idea. Per a list of comments posted on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) webpage, specifically in regards to VanEck, SolidX, and the CBOE’s rule change, most are skeptical of what value cryptocurrency provides.

Sam Ahn of Hana Trading released a six-page, nine-point tear down of Bitcoin and the proposed ETF product, which would open the floodgates to BTC. While Ahn’s points were drawn-out, a clear theme of anti-mining, Satoshi Nakamoto cynicism, and “BTC doesn’t have intrinsic value” was apparent. The investor remarked that not only is Satoshi’s magnum opus hard for him to process, but that the cryptocurrency isn’t like gold as in “a string of 64-digits, with about 17 leading zeroes” (hash) cannot be likened to a physical item used in electronics, jewelry, and as a value store.

While many cryptocurrency diehards would deem Ahn’s comments moot, this was just the tip of the iceberg. Another respondent, Dina Pinto, remarked that she believes that BTC doesn’t deserve a “serious product,” as she sees the nascent market surrounding the digital asset as “volatile and manipulated by the very few [that use it].” Pinto adds that the leading crypto has “no real use case.”

Another commenter, one Sarah Malone of unknown affiliation, echoed the aforementioned comments to a tee, explaining that there is no value in BTC becoming a tradable financial product, let alone a medium of exchange.

Finally, one other played the “blockchain not Bitcoin” card, remarking that cryptocurrencies lack viability in many’s day-to-day, while ledgers hold immense value.

What all the aforementioned critics seem to be forgetting is Bitcoin’s value proposition in nations stricken with capital controls, hyperinflation, authoritarianism, among other societal shortcomings. This, of course, is because they are viewing BTC from the lens of an American citizen, many of which aren’t (currently) subject to irresponsible government and fiscal planners.

But in the end, the opinions of U.S. citizens is what is important in this case, as the product will be accessible to some of those stakeholders .

The Silver Lining

Yet, there was a silver lining. One user, going by Sami Santos, published an eight-point comment on March 12th that outlined the merits of Bitcoin, and why it needs a fund tracking it. Santos stuck to the normal Bitcoin advocate script, explaining that it is fast, cost-effective, unconfiscatable, and private (not exactly, but it’s pseudonymous).

The investor went on to explain that blockchain can mitigate corruption and money laundering, Bitcoin can be a “weapon” against financial inequity and inflation, and as a medium to bolster innovation of technologies.

In this case, Santos was Bitcoin’s sole knight in the crusade for an ETF product, which would entirely legitimize this asset. But will the SEC listen to him, or those who were a tad sardonic?

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Former CFTC Chair Calls For More Cryptocurrency Regulations

CFTC Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

A report published by the Brookings Institution and authored by Harvard University fellow Timothy Massad calls for improved regulation of cryptocurrency.

Massad, who served as chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) during President Barack Obama’s administration, outlined the need for regulations on digital currencies, including their use in illicit activity, as well as providing a way to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.

In the report, Massad explains that the current landscape of cryptocurrency leaves the market open for fraud due to the absence of traditional market standards imposed on securities and derivatives, a feature which only serves to hurt investors via the lack of protection. Massad also targeted cryptocurrency exchanges and their lack of oversight, which has led to repeated instances of fraud, market manipulation and conflicts in interest. He then stressed the need for regulations imposed on exchanges in order minimize operational risk while putting into place measures to safeguard investors.

“Crypto exchanges are not required to have systems to prevent fraud and manipulation, nor are there rules to prevent or minimize conflicts of interest. Crypto exchanges can engage in proprietary trading against their customers, something the New York Stock Exchange cannot do. Regulations to minimize operational risk and ensure system safeguards are needed, just as with securities and derivatives intermediaries.”

The 60 page report also took a shot at the shortcomings of Bitcoin, namely the failure of cryptocurrency to fulfill its original intention. Instead of providing trust, Massad wrote that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have created “regulatory distraction” which has contributed to an even greater problem in lack of accountability,

The hype surrounding Bitcoin and other crypto-assets has contributed to regulatory distraction. Bitcoin’s creators promised it would solve the “trust problem” and reduce our reliance on centralized financial intermediaries. However, it has not reduced our reliance on financial intermediaries or eroded the power of our largest institutions. Indeed, crypto-assets have created new financial intermediaries that are less accountable than the big banks.

The former CFTC Chairman called upon the powers of the U.S. Congress to address the issues related to crypto market fraud and the looming problem cybersecurity and potential illicit use through digital assets. As for handling the lack of regulation in cryptocurrency exchanges, Massad is not alone in advocating for reform.

The Winklevoss Twins, who recently made headlines for their comments about Facebook’s stablecoin, have been a driving force for cryptocurrency regulation through their crypto exchange Gemini. While the twins have previously been denied in their attempt to create the first U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission approved Bitcoin ETF, they believe self-policed and self-generated regulation to be the surest path to enticing institutional investment.

However, some community members have continued to embrace the lack of regulation for the cryptocurrency industry. While diminished oversight does allow for manipulation and fraud, it also prevents coin projects from making concessions in their decentralization, thereby fulfilling the original promise of crypto as an alternative to government-run fiat. In addition, the fear is that greater regulation will make the industry no different than that of the traditional financial markets, including the uneven influence imposed by established banking players.

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Nasdaq’sTokenizing Platform In Trial, Product Manager Confirms

The writing is on the wall. Nasdaq don’t want to be left behind and are quickly adapting. Acknowledging the frailties, the exchange’s Blockchain Product Manager, Johan Toll, said the fragmented nature and intermediary packed operations mutual fund business leads to slow transactions. So outdated are current technologies that fax machines are still in use and that is why he sees blockchain as a remedy. In his view, he is looking forward to a system where share issuance is instantaneous and done via the blockchain. Good news is, Nasdaq is testing such an efficient and fast system in Sweden.

Read: Crypto Analyst: Ethereum (ETH) Major Shift Potential Is Building

Add this to recent events, it is clear that there is a shift in progress and leading this change is Nasdaq. The US based exchange is the second largest in the world. The exchange is also one of the most liquid mercantile whose data sources must be vetted. Recently, the Nasdaq launched the Bitcoin and Ethereum Liquid indices as they aid in bringing more reliability and preciseness of the asset prices of these two leading crypto assets.

What Bitcoin and Ethereum Indices Means

Because pricing is a major concern for the US SEC, the involvement of Nasdaq, a trusted exchange drawing their data from vetted firms relying on approved methodologies as they calculate index prices with all variable factored in, is definitely a move in the right direction.

In fact, all things constant, it could be a precursor for the eventual approval of the “elusive” Bitcoin ETF and other crypto derivatives drawing institutional traders according to Alex Ziupsnys. Alex is a leading crypto analyst:

“NASDAQ to add a bitcoin index on its platform. They are reading the writing on the wall and don’t want to get left behind. There is no stopping this. Adoption happens gradually right in front of you, until you finally pause, look around, and bitcoin is the dominant asset. This is big news. The launch of Nasdaq crypto indices could lead to regulatory approval for crypto-based derivatives in the market. And as a direct initial effect could mean more interest from institutional traders.”

Path to Crypto Derivatives Approval?

The US commission previously rejected Winklevoss application back in Q2 2018 citing risk of price manipulation while advocating for proper monitoring tools. Because of the open, global and largely unregulated nature of cryptocurrencies, the commission were in a way recommending broadcast of Bitcoin prices from a trusted firm—like Nasdaq—and not from traditional cryptocurrency exchanges where prices often fluctuate. This is so it is virtually impossible for all Bitcoin related transactions to be audited. In an extract, the commission said:

“The Commission believes that, in order to meet this standard, an exchange that lists and trades shares of commodity-trust exchange-traded products (“ETPs”) must, in addition to other applicable requirements, satisfy two requirements that are dispositive in this matter. First, the exchange must have surveillance-sharing agreements with significant markets for trading the underlying commodity or derivatives on that commodity. And second, those markets must be regulated.”

Also Read: The Fourth Largest Private Employer in the US Says No to Visa, May Accept Bitcoin

As the exchange gravitate towards tokenization, many are banking on Nasdaq to prop the markets since they have the experience, the tech and the infrastructure necessary to prevent manipulation of Bitcoin prices. Their participation could lead to proper and fair representation of asset prices. The medium-term effect will be renewed confidence in a market plagued by uncertainty. Approved pricing will surely draw institutional investors, deepening liquidity and increasing chances of a possible Bitcoin ETF approval.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD Accumulating as VanEck Subsidiary Work on “Transparency”

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Of course, price is not the only metric of interest as far as Bitcoin is concerned. Adoption rate and infrastructure development is of interest. Though the coin is meant to by-pass third parties as regulators, we cannot discount the role of regulators and their constant talk of investor protection.

Other jurisdictions might be open but the community is closely watching if the US SEC shall proceed and approve the much-anticipated Bitcoin ETF come Feb 27, 2019. That’s two and a half months from now and before then, bears seem to have an upper hand especially when we take a top-down approach.

Read: BTCC Co-Founder Lee Hints At $333,000 Bitcoin (BTC) Prediction For 2021

From the look of things, we can only guess the route that SEC might take and considering more banks are showing their interest in the space, we can only speculate that they might just give the VanEck Bitcoin ETF a pass.

Earlier, the SEC cited transparency saying the market was prone for manipulations and various stakeholders are now working on ensuring complete openness. A few days ago, a Frankfurt based company with relations to VanEck did launch MVIS Bitcoin US OTC Spot Index (MVBTCO).

Also Read: Bitcoin Price Prediction Gone Wrong: $1M Options Call To Be Purged

The index core objective is to promote transparency and to that end it draws its price feeds from Cumberland, Circle Trade and Genesis Trading. Most of the time institutions trade through liquid OTC firms and this index is a reliable benchmark for their investment.

BTC/USD Price Analysis

BTC/USD Price Analysis

There are hints of BTC demand in lower time frames and in the last day, BTC/USD is up 1.7 percent. This is modest to say the least and that means bears are still in control. On a weekly basis, BTC/USD is down 15 percent but considering events of the last few days, bears appear to be slowing down and range bound in lower time frames. Clear floors are at $3280.

Trend: Bearish, Momentum Fading

Aside from the negative sloping trend line connecting highs of the last few weeks, losses of the last few weeks are a reliable indicator of trend. But, even as bears threaten to drive prices lower, BTC demand is increasing in lower time frames. In the 4HR chart, prices are ranging within a tight $500 range with clear resistance and support at $3,800 and $3,280.

Volumes: Bullish, Increasing

What we have in this time frames are a series of higher highs with floors at $3,280 as BTC/USD range horizontally. Unless otherwise there are gains above $3,800 resistance, bears are in control but we are rooting for bulls thanks to standout bull bars of the last two days. Dec 7–22k versus 11k average by 1900 HRs, Dec 8—17k versus 8k 2300 HRs bar and Dec 9—7k versus 5k average bull bars are of interest as far as BTC/USD price analysis is concerned.  Notice that even from an effort versus result point of view, prices are still trending inside Dec 8 bull bar. For buyers to be in charge, then bulls must thrust prices above $3,810. Thereafter in a bull breakout trade, traders can buy on dips or at spot with first targets at $4,500 with stops at Dec 9 lows at around $3,500.

Candlestick Formation: Breakout Trade, Range

Clearly, BTC/USD is within a bear breakout trade but ranging as aforementioned. But, for bulls to be in charge then we must see high volumes gains printing above Nov lows of $3,800. This move will invalidate the bear breakout pattern of Dec 6. However, if prices fail to recover printing below Dec 9 lows then we shall have a retest and odds are BTC might test $3,280—or lower by the end of the week.

Conclusion

From candlestick arrangement, bulls might recover above $3,800. As such, our BTC/USD trade plan will be as follows:

Buy Trigger: $3,800—Dec 8 Highs

Stops: $3,500—Dec 9 Lows

First Targets: $4,500

All Charts courtesy of Trading View.

This is not Investment Advice. Do you own Research.

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Why A Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Might Be Approved in February 2019

A few hours ago, the cryptocurrency and investor communities were notified of the delay by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to rule on the pending VanEck Bitcoin ETF until February 27th. Some have even linked the announcement to the current blood bath in the crypto markets that has the total crypto market capitalization at $108.68 Million with BTC trading at $3,433 ahead of a shakey weekend. Ethereum (ETH) has dropped under $90 and is trading at $87.

The only coin in the top 100 doing well is Bitcoin SV (BSV) that is up 19% in the last 24 hours. BSV has also managed to flippen Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Why The VanEck ETF is Significant 

The VanEck Bitcoin ETF has been viewed by many as the much needed catalyst that could ignite the next cryptocurrency Bull run. An ETF would be an indirect stamp of approval by the SEC that classifies BTC is a viable investment asset. It will set the stage for other ETFs backed by other prominent digital assets such as ETH or a combination of digital assets.

Why an ETF Might Be Approved in February

Firstly, we saw that MV Index Solutions – based in Frankfurt Germany and linked to VanEck – launched the MVIS Bitcoin US OTC Spot Index (MVBTCO). This index is based on price feeds from OTC (Over The Counter) digital asset trading operations in the US carried out by the firms of Circle Trade, Cumberland and Genesis Trading.

By opening up their books, markets will better understand the price movements of BTC and other major cryptocurrencies. The additional transparency might aid in the SEC approving the ETF next year.

Secondly, Bakkt would have launched its physically settled Bitcoin Futures contracts by the end of January. This will increase the confidence in Bitcoin across the investor communities that comprise of hedge funds, high net individuals and even the regular investor who had stood on the side-lines waiting for some ‘sanity’ to present itself in the crypto-verse.

Nasdaq is also meant to launch their Bitcoin Futures products in the first quarter of 2019. Both Nasdaq and Bakkt probably have the go ahead from the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) thus adding validity to Bitcoin.

Thirdly, the New Year brings with it the possibility of the Commissioners at the SEC having a change of heart about the pending ETF. Perhaps the Holiday Season will recharge them to the point where they see the validity of the application by VanEck. We have to remember that 2018 has been a long year and we all need some time to recharge.

A Word Of Caution from Commissioner Hester Peirce

However, Commissioner Hester Peirce – also known as crypto mom – has cautioned crypto ethusiasts and investors not to wait on the ruling of the SEC as it might take a long time for the regulatory body to approve it. She explained that the SEC has 5 commissioners and a majority ruling is needed for an ETF to pass.

She said:

Don’t hold your breath. I do caution people to not live or die on when a crypto or bitcoin ETF gets approved. You all know that I am working on trying to convince my colleagues to have a bit more of an open mind when it comes to [crypto]. I am not as charming as some other people

In conclusion, the SEC announced that they would be pushing the ETF decision to February 2019. We have explored three reasons why the odds might be in favor of an approval next year. We have looked at the MVIS Bitcoin US OTC Spot Index; both Bakkt and Nasdaq offering futures contracts; and we have also looked at the possibility of the Commissioners having a change of heart with the new year. However, we were reminded by Commissioner Peirce not to depend too much on the decision.

What are you thoughts on the new date of February 27th as the new deadline fro an ETF decision? Do you think it will be approved? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you.

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Why A Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Might Be Approved in February 2019

A few hours ago, the cryptocurrency and investor communities were notified of the delay by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to rule on the pending VanEck Bitcoin ETF until February 27th. Some have even linked the announcement to the current blood bath in the crypto markets that has the total crypto market capitalization at $108.68 Million with BTC trading at $3,433 ahead of a shakey weekend. Ethereum (ETH) has dropped under $90 and is trading at $87.

The only coin in the top 100 doing well is Bitcoin SV (BSV) that is up 19% in the last 24 hours. BSV has also managed to flippen Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Why The VanEck ETF is Significant 

The VanEck Bitcoin ETF has been viewed by many as the much needed catalyst that could ignite the next cryptocurrency Bull run. An ETF would be an indirect stamp of approval by the SEC that classifies BTC as a viable investment asset. It will set the stage for other ETFs backed by other prominent digital assets such as ETH or a combination of digital assets.

Why an ETF Might Be Approved in February

Firstly, we saw that MV Index Solutions – based in Frankfurt Germany and linked to VanEck – launched the MVIS Bitcoin US OTC Spot Index (MVBTCO). This index is based on price feeds from OTC (Over The Counter) digital asset trading operations in the US carried out by the firms of Circle Trade, Cumberland and Genesis Trading.

By opening up their books, markets will better understand the price movements of BTC and other major cryptocurrencies. The additional transparency might aid in the SEC approving the ETF next year.

Secondly, Bakkt would have launched its physically settled Bitcoin Futures contracts by the end of January. This will increase the confidence in Bitcoin across the investor communities that comprise of hedge funds, high net individuals and even the regular investor who had stood on the side-lines waiting for some ‘sanity’ to present itself in the crypto-verse.

Nasdaq is also meant to launch their Bitcoin Futures products in the first quarter of 2019. Both Nasdaq and Bakkt probably have the go ahead from the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) thus adding validity to Bitcoin.

Thirdly, the New Year brings with it the possibility of the Commissioners at the SEC having a change of heart about the pending ETF. Perhaps the Holiday Season will recharge them to the point where they see the validity of the application by VanEck. We have to remember that 2018 has been a long year and we all need some time to recharge.

A Word Of Caution from Commissioner Hester Peirce

However, Commissioner Hester Peirce – also known as crypto mom – has cautioned crypto ethusiasts and investors not to wait on the ruling of the SEC as it might take a long time for the regulatory body to approve it. She explained that the SEC has 5 commissioners and a majority ruling is needed for an ETF to pass.

She said:

Don’t hold your breath. I do caution people to not live or die on when a crypto or bitcoin ETF gets approved. You all know that I am working on trying to convince my colleagues to have a bit more of an open mind when it comes to [crypto]. I am not as charming as some other people

In conclusion, the SEC announced that they would be pushing the ETF decision to February 2019. We have explored three reasons why the odds might be in favor of an approval next year. We have looked at the MVIS Bitcoin US OTC Spot Index; both Bakkt and Nasdaq offering futures contracts; and we have also looked at the possibility of the Commissioners having a change of heart with the new year. However, we were reminded by Commissioner Peirce not to depend too much on the decision.

What are you thoughts on the new date of February 27th as the new deadline fro an ETF decision? Do you think it will be approved? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Has Died 328 Times to Date and Counting

Ever since the Bitcoin (BTC) Ledger was launched in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoti, the cryptocurrency has been declared dead a shocking 328 times. This is according to an ‘Orbituary Tracker’ on 99bitcoins.com.

The most recent eulogy was by Paul Donovan from UBS who stated that his chief goal was to bury Bitcoin and not to praise it. Paul Donovan made the comments to CNBC’s Fast Money. His exact words were as follows:

These things were never going to be currencies. They’re not going to be currencies at any point in the future. They’re fatally flawed.

Right from the start of the hike in late last year, it was fairly obvious that this was going to end badly, unfortunately, for some of the people who weren’t protected by any kind of regulation and got sucked into the process.

Bitcoin Has Crashed 3 Times Before And Will Recover

Going back in time and observing the times BTC has crashed, we find that the 2017 – 2018 bear market is the 4th time the King of Crypto has lost over 80% of its value after an impressive Bull Run. The first time BTC crashed was in 2011; the second was in 2013; and the third was a stretch of time from late 2013 to mid 2015. This explains why Bitcoin has had over 300 obituaries accompanied by never-ending predictions of its doom.

The following infographic gives a clearer picture of the past market crashes of BTC.

Binance CEO Shares His 2015 Experience With BTC Crashing

On the 20th of November, the CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, shared his experience with BTC crashing back in 2015. Mr. Zhao had just sold his house during during the third major BTC crash. He had used the funds to buy in on Bitcoin. His exact words and full tweet can be found below.

I wish I could tell you my lame story from 2015, when the $btc price “crashed” to below $200, and I just sold my house and bought in at $600 a few months earlier… Well, I am still here.

Bitcoin Is Not Dead and Will Recover

It is with the past market crashes of Bitcoin that we can conclude that the current bear market will also end. BTC will once again WOW us in the markets but the exact timing of the next Bull Run cannot be narrowed down given the current market conditions and institutional investors showing reluctance to invest in crypto before Bakkt and an ETF. But the bottom line is, Bitcoin is not dead. It will recover once again.

What are your thoughts on the 328 obituaries of Bitcoin? Do you think they are accurate? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

[Image courtesy of AltcoinToday.com]

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis: Closing in on Major Support Zone

Bitcoin had a pretty steep drop in the past 24 hours, taking price close to the long-term floor around $6,000 once more. A bounce off this area could lead to another test of nearby resistance levels or even stronger bullish momentum as many are hoping to buy on dips.

The 100 SMA is still above the longer-term 200 SMA to confirm that the path of least resistance is to the upside. In other words, the uptrend is more likely to resume than to reverse. However, price has fallen below the moving averages to reflect a bit of bearish momentum.

RSI is indicating oversold conditions or that sellers are feeling exhausted, and turning higher could encourage buyers to return. Similarly stochastic looks ready to pull up from oversold levels and reflect a return in bullish momentum.

Bitcoin has had a rough ride in the past few days, owing mostly to a set of negative updates. For one, it has been reported that Goldman Sachs might ditch its plans to offer a bitcoin trading desk. Although this was dismissed as “fake news” by its CFO during a speech, the remarks weren’t enough to restore investor interest.

Reports that ShapeShift is adding registration requirements and that Kraken is planning layoffs and a shutdown in some operations also fueled the bearish fire. Kraken also dismissed these rumors but bitcoin was unable to pull up significantly.

Traders could return their focus to pending bitcoin ETF applications from here, although the sentiment has been dampened recently. Recall that the SEC is also reviewing its earlier decision to reject a few applications but has not specified when the review period would end. A positive decision may be what bulls are hoping to get in order to sustain the anticipated rebound for the year.

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Coinbase Explores Bitcoin-Backed ETF With Wall Street Giant

Coinbase Hints At Plans For ETF 

Bitcoin-backed ETFs have been the topic of discussion throughout the cryptosphere over the past few months, as investors and traders claimed that a single publicly-traded ETF would revive the otherwise slumping market. And it seems that this discussion may continue, with those familiar with the matter recently revealing that Coinbase has its eyes on establishing a crypto-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF) in a bid to attract retail investors.

It is important to note that the planned ETF will likely track a variety of cryptocurrencies, not just Bitcoin, possibly indicating that the firm is continuing to look at more crypto assets to add to its already expansive ecosystem.

Although this news was somewhat to be expected, as Coinbase has become well-known for being the primary home of innovation in the cryptosphere, insiders revealed that the firm has sought help from Wall Street giant BlackRock to aid in the establishment of this vehicle, reports Business Insider.

For those who are unaware, BlackRock is a New York-based, yet multinational investment management corporation with over $6.3 trillion worth of assets under management. As reported by Ethereum World News previously, BlackRock has hinted at making a meaningful foray into the cryptocurrency & blockchain industry, so it would make sense for Coinbase to team up with such a firm.

Those familiar with the cryptocurrency company went on state that in recent weeks, Coinbase has been incoinbase adds 100k users contact with individuals from BlackRock’s blockchain-focused division to “tap into the firm’s expertise” of launching exchange-traded investment products. According to the aforementioned insiders, representatives from the Wall Street firm’s blockchain branch were unable (or did not want to) give any direct advice to the San Francisco-based crypto startup at this time.

As Business Insider went on to report, it remains to be seen whether Coinbase’s involvement and discussion with BlackRock are ongoing or just a one-off event, but many optimists hope that it is the former, as a long-term relationship between the two may lead to interesting crypto-focused products, services, and investment opportunities.

The current climate around Bitcoin ETFs is rather contested, with the SEC recently making a series of moves to deny and delay a multitude of ETF proposals from an array of firms, whether said firms hail from crypto-focused or legacy market-centric backgrounds.

But as covered by Ethereum World News, the CEO of crypto startup Abra recently stated that the SEC’s denial verdict is somewhat valid, as the firms backing the ETF applications don’t “feel, smell or look” the part of a traditional financial institution. So the fact that Coinbase could be potentially working with BlackRock, an evidently well-established financial institution, may signal that an ETF application spawned from a collaborative effort between the two firms could see regulatory approval in the near future.

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