After a week of consolidation at $35,000, Bitcoin (BTC) has made a strong move rallying another 3.5% and moving to $36,500. The move comes as Bloomberg’s senior ETF strategist James Seyffart updated that a crucial Bitcoin ETF Approval Window Opens on Friday.
Bitcoin ETF Approval Window
In his recent note, Seyyfart updated that a brief window for the U.S. SEC to approve all 12 spot Bitcoin ETFs opens on Friday, November 9. Last month, the SEC has already issued delay orders for applications from giants like BlackRock, VanEck, Bitwise, WisdomTree, Fidelity, Invesco, and Valkyrie.
However, this is the first time that the window opens again after Grayscale’s victory, says Seyyfart. “This window for all 12 ends by 11/17. But theoretically, SEC could make a decision on the first 9 on this list at any point from now until Jan 10, 2024,” he added.
Joining this conversation, finance lawyer Scott Jhonson stated: “If there’s a hypothetical approval this week, there’s probably MINIMUM a month (and probably a couple) before any ETF actually launches. S-1s still under review and no real hard deadline for that process”.
Putting further light on this, James Seyfarrt highlighted the necessity of completing two essential steps for an ETF launch. While the approval of 19b-4 is one path, S-1s still require approval from the Division of Corporation Finance. As of now, there is no indication that the latter step has been completed. It is plausible, and perhaps even probable, that there will be a significant time gap, possibly extending for weeks or even months, between approval and the actual ETF launch.
The developments clearly show for a fact that Bitcoin ETF approval is most likely to happen by the first week of January. Thus, Bitcoin continues to enjoy active investor participation.
BTC Price to $40,000
The recent BTC Price surge comes as traders have opened up new long positions. On-chain data provider Santiment noted that Bitcoin has surged by an impressive 37% in just two months, and during this rally, the ratio of traders opening bullish positions (as opposed to bearish) has reached the highest point in three months.
Furthermore, the total open interest on exchanges has significantly expanded to reach $7.2 billion. While the current enthusiasm and fear of missing out (FOMO) are running high, ideally, Bitcoin will maintain its upward momentum even after these sentiments subside.
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