The price of Bitcoin has risen sharply in recent weeks and currently sits just below $50,000, a key psychological barrier the cryptocurrency hasn’t breached in over 21 months.
This latest rally comes amidst escalating speculation that the long-awaited approval by the SEC of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) is imminent, with a decision deadline coming on January 10th.
- Bitcoin price eyes $50,000 as anticipation builds for a potential SEC approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF by January 10 deadline
- Multiple companies have filed for a spot Bitcoin ETF, with competitive fee structures – Bitwise has the lowest at 0.24% and Grayscale the highest at 1.5%
- Technical analysis shows Bitcoin could rally to $50,000, with resistance around $48,600
- Bitcoin ETF applicants like BlackRock and Grayscale have ramped up BTC purchases recently, acquiring over $60 million worth in past few weeks
- On-chain data shows a “golden cross” for Bitcoin, with the 8-day moving average moving above the 21-day moving average, signaling positive momentum
The clamor for a spot Bitcoin ETF began back in 2013 and has seen multiple applications by various money managers denied by the SEC over concerns around price manipulation and a lack of regulation in the crypto space. But the strongest indications yet that the SEC might finally greenlight such a product have driven Bitcoin over 40% higher since the start of December, when firms like Grayscale, Bitwise, and Ark Invest filed amended applications. The latest round even saw titans like Fidelity throw their hat into the ring.
Driving much of the enthusiasm are the ultra-competitive fee schedules published by the ETF hopefuls, aiming to make their product the most appealing vehicle for retail and institutional investors alike to gain exposure to Bitcoin. Bitwise has set the pace with a remarkably low fee of just 0.24%, while the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust – currently the closest thing to an ETF for Bitcoin – charges 1.5%. The drastic cuts signal that firms strongly believe their products will be approved and are willing to sacrifice fees typically in the 0.5%-1% range to build market share quickly if they get the green light.
Gary Gensler, the SEC Chairman presiding over the decision on whether to allow Bitcoin ETF trading, recently warned investors on X about risks in crypto markets but tellingly did not caution against these specific products. His comments spurred a 6% Bitcoin price spike over 2 hours as the market chose to view them as a preamble signaling an imminent approval.
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— Gary Gensler (@GaryGensler) January 8, 2024
On-chain data also backs the bullish trading action. Major Bitcoin ETF applicants like BlackRock and Grayscale themselves have purchased over $60 million in BTC in just the past few weeks as the verdict nears, suggesting confidence on their part as well. And a key technical indicator called the “golden cross” just occurred, with Bitcoin’s 8-day moving average crossing above its 21-day average. This signals positive momentum, with investors willing to pay increasingly more for Bitcoin amidst the frenzy.
If the SEC does grant approval, analysts believe Bitcoin could quickly challenge the psychologically all-important $50,000 mark. However upside from there may be capped in the near-term, as long-term holders who bought around that price may look to sell once their break-even is reached after nearly two years. But sustained buying from ETF issuers could outweigh any selling pressure and allow Bitcoin to continue its momentous run.