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Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz predicts ETFs will drive Bitcoin adoption

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Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz predicts ETFs will drive Bitcoin adoption

Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital, recently shared his insights on Bitcoin’s future and the role of Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) in boosting retail demand for digital assets.

During an interview with Forbes, Novogratz highlighted the significant impact of traditional finance in driving Bitcoin’s next growth phase. His optimism follows the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of the first U.S.-listed spot bitcoin ETFs, a move he believes could mark the beginning of a new era for institutional and retail engagement in the cryptocurrency sector.

ETFs are anticipated to play a crucial role in attracting a broader investor base to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by offering easier access and a familiar investment vehicle for traditional investors. This development is expected to mitigate some of the liquidity and volatility issues that have previously discouraged more conservative investors from entering the crypto market.

Despite the positive developments surrounding ETFs, Novogratz expressed concerns over ongoing regulatory uncertainties that could overshadow the industry’s future. He criticized the SEC’s regulatory approach, calling for a more coherent and supportive legislative framework to encourage innovation and ensure stability in the crypto space.

Novogratz remains confident in Bitcoin’s potential as a store of value, often comparing it to gold. In a separate discussion on CNBC, he acknowledged the possibility of price corrections for Bitcoin but maintained an optimistic outlook for the long term. He emphasized the significant influx of institutional money into the market, especially through ETFs, as a key factor that could propel Bitcoin’s price higher in 2024.

Amid the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency investments, the transition of Grayscale’s GBTC to a spot Bitcoin ETF has seen a significant outflow of funds, totaling $8 billion, as per reports last week. Despite this substantial withdrawal, there’s a silver lining as the pace of outflows has notably decelerated, suggesting that the worst of the “bleeding” may be nearing its end. While January witnessed the bulk of these outflows, with $5.64 billion departing from GBTC, February’s figures were markedly lower, at just $1.37 billion.

Novogratz commented on this situation, stating, “Grayscale’s bitcoin product faced SEC scrutiny and criticism for its high fees and structural flaws, leading to investor losses when the fund traded at a premium. As arbitrage opportunities dwindled, investors turned to alternative ETFs offered by industry giants like Invesco, BlackRock, and Fidelity for lower fees and improved transparency.”

“This shift underscores the significance of trust and cost-effectiveness in investment choices, with Grayscale’s product losing appeal to more efficient alternatives in the market.”

Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital

Concurrently, the cryptocurrency investment scene has been buoyed by the introduction of nine leading spot Bitcoin ETFs, which, since their launch on Jan. 11, have collectively amassed assets exceeding 200,000 BTC, or approximately $9.5 billion. This surge has propelled these new Bitcoin ETFs to the forefront of the commodity exchange-traded funds market in the United States, surpassing even silver ETFs in popularity.

The nine Bitcoin ETFs include BlackRock (IBIT), Fidelity (FBTC), Bitwise (BITB), Ark 21Shares (ARKB), Invesco (BTCO), VanEck (HODL), Valkyrie (BRRR), Franklin Templeton (EZBC) and WisdomTree (BTCW).

The BlackRock iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT), boasting assets of $6.6 billion, alongside Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC), with a portfolio of $4.8 billion, have recently attracted significant investor interest.

This shift towards Bitcoin ETFs underscores a growing preference among investors for regulated, traditional financial instruments to gain exposure to Bitcoin, reflecting a broader acceptance of cryptocurrencies within the investment community.

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