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Crypto market awaits SEC decision on Bitcoin ETFs amid regulatory scrutiny

EditorAmbhini Aishwarya
Published 22/11/2023, 08:34
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The cryptocurrency market is abuzz with anticipation as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) considers the approval of several Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which could potentially boost Bitcoin prices and foster greater market adoption. Amidst a backdrop of heightened regulatory focus on the crypto industry, investors and executives alike are calling for more robust regulations to maintain sector integrity.

On Wednesday, the crypto community's attention has been riveted on the SEC, as three Bitcoin ETFs, including the ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF, remain under review after previous rejections by the commission earlier this month. The market has seen elevated on-chain activity, with Bitcoin's on-chain transaction volume (OTV) climbing from $3.7 billion to $4.1 billion on Tuesday, driven by expectations that new ETF approvals could expand investment opportunities and enhance demand for Bitcoin derivatives.

The potential endorsement of spot ETFs, designed to mirror market indices through direct investments in securities, is seen as a pivotal step towards integrating Bitcoin into the global financial system. Approval of these financial products is expected not only to validate cryptocurrencies but also to provide a regulated and structured framework that could attract traditional investors.

This wave of optimism comes at a time when the crypto industry is under close watch by regulators worldwide. The sector has faced increased scrutiny following high-profile incidents such as the FTX scandal and subsequent legal actions against prominent figures like Sam Bankman-Fried. These events have underscored the vulnerabilities within the digital asset space and have led to calls for tighter controls.

Echoing this sentiment, Nigel Green, CEO of deVere Group, has advocated for stringent regulations that align with established financial practices while preserving the innovative essence of cryptocurrencies. His stance reflects a broader industry push for a regulated environment that can foster trust among participants and support sustainable growth in the crypto market.

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