In Tuesday morning trading, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (NYSE: BITO) made its debut, marking a monumental occasion in the developing story of cryptocurrency regulation. The fund, which tracks CME bitcoin futures, or contracts speculating on the future prices of bitcoin, rose by roughly 3% early in the session and continues to hold those gains at time of publishing.
The crypto sector as a whole has pursued a bitcoin-focused ETF for years now, with asset managers submitting proposals for spot bitcoin ETFs as early as 2017. To date, however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had consistently rejected these proposals, maintaining the stance that none of the applications were able to prove market resistance to manipulation.
While the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF falls short of the spot bitcoin ETF that many in the industry hope is on the horizon, experts agree that Tuesday’s opening stands as a turning point in the regulatory approach of the SEC.
“Remember, there’s a difference between the cash ETF, obviously, and the ETF that everybody’s talking about right now. I have a preference for the cash ETF, but I love the fact that the SEC is allowing for the futures ETF,” Anthony Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, told CryptoCurrencyWire in an exclusive. “It’s just a sign that they’ve decided that they know the blockchain is going to be a very big component of the future of the financial services industry. I take this as a monumental decision…to allow the United States to stay the leader in financial services globally. I think it’s a very positive sign.”
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