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U.S. SEC Approval of Bitcoin ETF Sparks Global Crypto Market Frenzy

The recent decision by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve the country’s first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF) has sent ripples of excitement through both the traditional finance (TradFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi) spaces.

This historic decision has sparked curiosity about its potential impact on the markets and, of course, on the price of Bitcoin itself.

Across the Atlantic in Europe, however, the excitement surrounding a Bitcoin ETF has already somewhat subsided. Europe witnessed the introduction of its first spot Bitcoin ETF on August 15, 2023.

The Jacobi FT Wilshire Bitcoin ETF made its debut on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange, more than a year after its originally planned launch.

This pioneering ETF was issued by Jacobi Asset Management, a London-based firm.

What set the Jacobi Bitcoin ETF apart was that it was the first physical-backed Bitcoin fund, offering investors exposure to a financial product backed by actual Bitcoin.

Moreover, it was classified as an “environmental investing” or Article 8 fund, promoting environmental and/or social characteristics.

Grzegorz Drozdz, a market analyst at the European Union-based financial services platform Conotoxia, discussed the market implications of U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs, particularly from a European perspective.

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He noted that the introduction of Bitcoin ETFs has significantly democratized access to the crypto market, moving beyond traditional cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets.

However, Drozdz pointed out that while Bitcoin ETFs are making waves, their size is still relatively small compared to the overall financial and crypto market.

The total capitalization of the cryptocurrency market stands at $1.78 trillion, and existing investment funds in this sector represent only 2.9% of this total value.

In the European Economic Area, there seems to be a greater openness to institutional investment in cryptocurrencies with the launch of Bitcoin ETFs.

However, Drozdz observed that these funds have not yet generated substantial inflows from institutions in Europe. Market expectations are currently more focused on the potential approval of such instruments in the U.S., which could have a more significant impact on the long-term development of the crypto world.

Despite the uncertainties, Drozdz emphasized the rapid increase in the inflow of new funds into the Bitcoin ETF space, which could potentially signal the start of a new bull market.

Given that Bitcoin still commands a substantial 53.7% share of the market’s capitalization, its success could have a significant ripple effect on the rest of the digital currency market.

This sentiment aligns with the speculations of other analysts and social media communities as they await the SEC’s decision on Bitcoin ETFs.

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