April 19, 2024
BlackRock's Bitcoin Trust Receives Initial $100,000 Funding for ETF Creation
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BlackRock Secures $100,000 ‘Seed Capital’ for Bitcoin ETF Proposal

BlackRock (BLK) has recently disclosed that it secured $100,000 in ‘seed capital’ for its forthcoming bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to a new application submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The filing revealed that the seed capital investor committed to acquiring $100,000 worth of shares on October 27, 2023. On the same day, the investor received 4,000 shares at a per-share price of $25.00, denoted as the ‘seed shares.’

Seed capital serves as the initial funding that enables an ETF to support the creation of units underpinning the ETF. This process allows the offering and trading of shares in the open market. BlackRock’s proposed ‘iShares Bitcoin Trust‘ distinguishes itself by investing directly in Bitcoin as opposed to opting for futures linked to the primary cryptocurrency. Currently, the application is among the 13 awaiting regulatory approval.

Market analysts anticipate that the SEC will likely approve one or more spot ETFs early in the coming year, with Bloomberg analysts estimating a 90% probability of approval in January. The financial industry is closely monitoring these developments, as the potential approval could mark a significant milestone in the mainstream acceptance and adoption of Bitcoin as an investment vehicle.

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