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Bitwise Files For Physically Backed Bitcoin ETF

Bitwise chose a different path. While many companies were following Gary Gensler, the SEC chair,’s remarks recently and filing for ETFs for bitcoin futures, Bitwise did something differently. Matt Hougan (the asset manager’s chief information officer) shared his reasons on Tweet for why Bitwise chose to apply for approval of a bitcoin ETF rather than one based upon futures.

“There is already a Bitwise ETF filing that is BTC futures-based. Hougan stated that actual BTC is more valuable. “And we believe that it is finally possible.

Hougan created a thread to summarize Bitwise’s 100-page report. It explains why Bitwise believes that the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission will soon capitulate. Bitwise’s CIO cited three major reasons why a bitcoin ETF was better than a Bitcoin futures ETF. These were costs, dilution and tail risk.

Rolling futures (or ‘contango’) could run you more than 5-10% annually. Hougan also wrote that there are another 1-2% fees. Due to regulations, ETFs cannot hold 100% BTC futures. The majority aim for 85%. 15% can be used for other things, bonds, and even money! You can have things fall apart.

A futures-based Bitcoin ETF has [around] 6-12% all in costs, [around] 15% dilution, and tail risk. While it is useful for some investors, it is not ideal. Hougan said that a direct BTC ETF would avoid all of these issues.

According to Hougan, the SEC rejected Bitwise’s earlier filing for a bitcoin ETF in 2019 and wrote a 100-page note sharing their concerns about the market, including ‘their capability to monitor & enforce on manipulating’. To lead price discovery, the commission stated that they need a regulated market of significant size. This is similar to ETFs for commodities. Hougan argues that a regulated market for leading price discovery is already in place, which allows a bitcoin ETF approval.

“The CME is the most important source of price discovery in bitcoin markets!” This is in comparison to Coinbase and Kraken, Binances, Huobi, BitMEX, BitMEX, and even FTX. Hougan explained that prices move first on CME. “The market is maturing. A BTC ETF can be approved now.

Bitwise Asset Management has filed a second time with the SEC to offer a bitcoin ETF in America. Two analysis reports were also published by the firm. The first examines price discovery on the bitcoin market. The second analyses the likely effects of approval of a bitcoin-exchange-traded product.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: It is not possible for governments to destroy cryptocurrencies

Elon Musk, a crypto enthusiast and Tesla CEO, believes it’s impossible for governments to destroy cryptocurrency while slowing down the progress made in the space. Musk, a long-standing advocate of cryptocurrency, particularly bitcoin and dogecoin was speaking at the Code Conference in California on digital technologies. Musk answered a question about whether the US government should regulate crypto. He said that it was not possible to destroy crypto. Musk said that governments can slow down the progress of crypto, however.

The US was due to vote on the final passage this week of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill. This bill included provisions regarding tax regulations around cryptocurrency. In the next few days, the bill will likely be brought to the floor. Musk stated that he would not recommend doing anything at the conference on the government’s decision to regulate the crypto space. He said, “I believe there’s some value to cryptocurrency, but it’s not the second coming of God,” he continued.

Musk also spoke out about the current situation in China regarding cryptocurrencies, noting that China has’significant electricity generation problems’. Because the demand for electricity is higher than anticipated, a lot of South China is experiencing random power outages. He suggested that crypto mining could be a factor in this. China’s central bank People’s Bank of China announced last month a complete ban on crypto mining in a statement.

Digital assets were affected by events like China’s crypto ban. This led to inflows of $95 million in digital assets last week. That brought the total inflows for the past six weeks up to $320m. Investors saw this as a buying opportunity, CoinShares, a digital asset management company, had reported in its weekly report.

Musk tweeted earlier this year that Tesla would no longer accept Bitcoin payments from customers to purchase electric cars. This was in response to concerns about the environment. Musk said that Tesla would accept bitcoin again if he ‘confirms that the percentage renewable energy usage will most likely be at or above 50%, and that there is a tendency towards increasing that number.’ Reuters reported Musk’s statement.

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