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SEC Sets Stage for Review of BlackRock's Spot Bitcoin ETF Application, Joining Other Contenders

In a significant move towards integrating Bitcoin into conventional finance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved BlackRock's spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) application for review. This move from the SEC's acknowledgment of a similar application by Bitwise just a day prior.

Accepting the BlackRock ETF proposal marks the onset of an official review process, which, while being merely the first step of a long regulatory path, indicates the SEC's willingness to entertain the concept of a spot Bitcoin ETF and explore its potential impact on the market.

Typically, ETFs are investment vehicles that track specific indices and are traded widely on exchanges. In the context of digital assets, a Bitcoin Spot ETF is a fund that reflects the value and custody of one cryptocurrency.

In addition to BlackRock's application, the SEC announced on July 14 that it is evaluating applications for several funds, including those from ARK, Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust, WisdomTree, VanEck, and Invesco Galaxy.

The initiation of BlackRock into the race for a spot Bitcoin ETF stands out due to the company's high standing in the financial sector. Their filing includes a "surveillance-sharing" agreement with the cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, further reinforcing the seriousness of their intent.

The battle amongst companies to be the inaugural entity to launch a Bitcoin Spot ETF in the U.S. is viewed by many as a beneficial turn of events for the industry. Multiple applications improve the likelihood of one getting the green light, while the variety in these proposals enables the SEC to evaluate an array of strategies and concerns.

The approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the U.S. is yet to occur; however, similar financial products have already been introduced in Canada. Notably, three substantial funds - Purpose Bitcoin, 3iQ CoinShares, and CI Galaxy Bitcoin - have already secured regulatory approval there.