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Bitcoin ETF Adoption Faces Hurdles as Due Diligence Delays Continue

The adoption of Spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is facing delays due to meticulous due diligence processes conducted by major trading platforms.

LPL Financial Holdings, one of the United States’ largest independent broker-dealers, is currently scrutinizing the recently approved Bitcoin ETFs.

This evaluation aims to determine their suitability for approximately 19,000 independent financial advisers overseeing assets worth $1.4 trillion.

Rob Pettman, Vice President of Wealth Management Solutions at LPL Financial, explained, “We just want to see how they work in the markets.”

Due diligence involves a thorough analysis to understand risks, opportunities, and the authenticity of investments before allocating resources.

LPL Financial intends to complete its due diligence on Bitcoin ETFs within three months.

They are particularly concerned about the possibility of ETFs being shut down if they fail to accumulate significant assets.

Pettman emphasized the negative impact this could have on investors, financial advisers, and the operational costs incurred by firms like LPL.

Bloomberg data reveals that in 2023, 253 ETFs, including cryptocurrency-related ones like VanEck Digital Assets Mining ETF and Volt Crypto Industry Revolution, closed down with average assets of $34 million.

James Seyffart, Bloomberg’s ETF analyst, believes that the widespread adoption of Bitcoin ETFs might be slower than anticipated.

He predicted during a private webinar with CryptoQuant in January that ETFs could attract $10 billion in inflows within their first year.

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Seyffart explained that large institutions and platforms have approved lists, limiting their investment options.

He added, “I do not think we’re going to get over $100 billion in the first year or two. To put it in perspective, gold ETFs have about $100 billion in the U.S. in total.”

As of January 31, all the Bitcoin ETFs approved the previous month collectively held 656,421 BTC, reflecting a 3% increase from the initial total of 637,610 BTC, valued at nearly $27 billion at current prices.

The ETFs’ performances were affected by outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which sold 132,195 Bitcoin following its transition from an over-the-counter product to a listed ETF.

LPL’s Pettman summed up the situation, stating, “Time is going to tell on the investment thesis, and that’s essentially what we’re monitoring at the moment.”

The cautious approach by platforms like LPL Financial highlights the need for thorough evaluation before embracing the Bitcoin ETFs in the market.

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