BREAKING: BlockFi files for physically-backed Bitcoin ETF

BREAKING: BlockFi files for physically-backed Bitcoin ETF

Cryptocurrency lending firm BlockFi has filed paperwork with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, to launch a physically-backed Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, kicking off what's expected to be a big week for the crypto markets

The Form S-1 filing for BlockFi NB Bitcoin ETF was submitted to the SEC on Nov. 8, according to official documents. The filing states that BlockFi will serve as custodian and that the ETF’s investment objective is to reflect the underlying performance of Bitcoin as opposed to any futures or derivatives benchmark.

The filing further states that the “Trust will not purchase or sell bitcoin directly, although the Trust may direct the Custodian to sell bitcoin to pay certain expenses.”

News of the ETF listing circulated on Crypto Twitter amid speculation that the SEC may be nearing its first physical Bitcoin ETF approval as early as this week.

BlockFi has filed with the SEC to launch a spot #Bitcoin ETF pic.twitter.com/2F1s0D1N3W— Dylan LeClair (@DylanLeClair_) November 8, 2021

As Bloomberg’s James Seyffart noted, the SEC’s decision on the highly anticipated VanEck spot Bitcoin ETF is due on Nov. 14. “It will be either approval or denial from SEC,” he said, which means “no more delays.

Here's the current list of #Bitcoin and Crypto ETF filings with the SEC. Next big date is still 11/14/21 for VanEck's spot Bitcoin ETF. It will be either approval or denial from SEC -- no more delays. https://t.co/Z8phpVlsOK pic.twitter.com/g9ayoibmQN— James Seyffart (@JSeyff) November 8, 2021

Last month, the U.S. securities regulator approved the country’s first Bitcoin ETF, albeit with a caveat — the fund’s price is linked to BTC futures as opposed to the spot price. Shortly after approving the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, the SEC gave the green light to Valkyrie’s Bitcoin Strategy ETF, which is another futures-based product.

While the futures-based ETFs weren’t Bitcoin purists were looking for, they have proven remarkably popular among investors. As Cointelegraph reported, ProShares’ ETF debuted with the highest-ever first-day natural volume of over $1 billion. By the end of October, institutional managers had purchased more than $2 billion worth of Bitcoin products during the month, largely thanks to the ETF approvals.

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