April 19, 2024
Global X Withdraws Spot Bitcoin ETF Application Amid Regulatory Hurdles
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Global X Withdraws Spot Bitcoin ETF Application Amid Regulatory Hurdles

Global X, once a contender in the race for a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), has decided to withdraw its application, as confirmed by a notice from Cboe BZX Exchange on January 30. The exchange, which could have listed the fund, disclosed the withdrawal of the proposed rule change to list and trade shares of what would have been Global X’s spot bitcoin ETF. This move follows the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to push back its ruling on the application twice, culminating in the official withdrawal on January 26.

The journey for Global X in pursuit of a spot bitcoin ETF began in July 2021 when the initial application was filed, only to be followed by a refiled application in August 2023. However, despite the efforts, the company has now opted to step back from the pursuit, marking a significant development in the landscape of bitcoin ETFs.

The decision by Global X comes on the heels of a flurry of activity in the ETF market, particularly highlighted by eleven other issuers successfully listing their ETFs on January 11. Notably, BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) has emerged as a frontrunner, garnering over $2.6 billion in total flows within just 13 days of trading. Following closely behind is Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC).

While the overall capital influx into ETFs stands at nearly $250 million, it’s crucial to note the disparity in flows compared to BlackRock and Fidelity’s offerings. This difference is attributed to the substantial outflows from Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which has experienced nearly $5.4 billion in outflows since its inception.

The dynamics of the ETF market underscore the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency investment vehicles. Despite the setback for Global X, the dominance of BlackRock and Fidelity in attracting investor capital reaffirms the growing interest and demand for Bitcoin-based financial products. As the industry continues to evolve, all eyes remain on the regulatory landscape and the potential for further innovation in cryptocurrency investment offerings.

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