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JPMorgan Sounds Warning on Crypto Rally Fueled by Bitcoin ETF Hopes

JPMorgan Sounds Warning on Crypto Rally Fueled by Bitcoin ETF Hopes

JPMorgan has expressed scepticism over the recent surge in digital asset prices driven by the excitement around the potential approval of spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In a research report, analysts led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou highlighted concerns regarding the overhyped optimism and outlined reasons for their caution.

Bullish sentiment has been fueled by the belief that a spot bitcoin ETF approval would attract fresh capital to the crypto markets and signify a triumph for the industry over the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, JPMorgan doubts these arguments, suggesting that instead of new capital inflows, existing capital is more likely to shift from current bitcoin products, such as the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) and bitcoin futures ETFs, into newly approved spot ETFs.

The bank pointed out that similar ETFs already exist in Canada and Europe but have attracted little interest from investors since their inception. Despite recent legal defeats for the SEC in cases involving Ripple and Grayscale, JPMorgan remains cautious about a significant regulatory easing, emphasizing the pending U.S. crypto industry regulations and the potential reluctance of lawmakers to shift their stance.

Additionally, the bank questioned the bullish outlook associated with the upcoming bitcoin halving, expected in April or May next year. JPMorgan deemed this argument “unconvincing,” suggesting that the effect of the halving is unpredictable and already priced into the market.

As the crypto industry navigates these uncertainties, JPMorgan’s cautious stance serves as a reminder of the complex dynamics influencing digital asset markets, urging market participants to approach the current exuberance with a level-headed perspective.

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