In a groundbreaking debut, the recently approved Spot Bitcoin ETFs recorded a staggering trading volume of over $4.5 billion on their inaugural trading day. The investment product’s success has left the financial world eager to uncover the specifics of its holdings, particularly concerning BlackRock, a leading issuer.
BlackRock, the globe’s preeminent asset manager, played a pivotal role in this milestone as it brought its iShare Bitcoin Trust to the Nasdaq exchange. The approval marked a significant shift by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), putting an end to a prolonged history of rejections for similar proposals.
As the crypto community eagerly anticipated the approval for the first-ever Spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States, BlackRock’s iShare Bitcoin Trust emerged as a standout performer among the 11 issuers. The anticipation turned into reality when, just ten days into the new year, the SEC granted approval for multiple applications, setting the stage for a transformative period in the digital asset sector.
After a mere two trading days, BlackRock’s Spot Bitcoin ETF has amassed an impressive 11,439 BTC, valued at over $497 million. The iShares Bitcoin Trust celebrated a highly successful inaugural day, with expectations of continued growth in the days ahead.
BlackRock’s CEO, Larry Fink, expressed robust support for the ascent of digital assets, drawing parallels between Bitcoin and Gold as protective assets in a recent CNBC interview. Fink’s endorsement is indicative of the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies in mainstream finance.
Encouraged by the success of the Bitcoin ETF, Fink hinted at BlackRock’s potential expansion into other digital assets. Specifically, there’s consideration for introducing a Spot Ethereum ETF, further contributing to the firm’s digital asset portfolio. The positive momentum generated by the Bitcoin ETF development has resonated across the industry, with issuers experiencing significant gains.