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Bitcoin Institutional Breakthrough? VanEck $109 Million ETF Growth Offers Clues

Published May 14, 2024 9:31 AM
Teuta Franjkovic
Published May 14, 2024 9:31 AM
By Teuta Franjkovic
Verified by Peter Henn

Key Takeaways

  • VanEck’s HODL Bitcoin ETF saw substantial growth in the first quarter of 2024.
  • The growth suggests institutional investors are embracing BTC, potentially paving the way for wider crypto adoption.
  • The ETF’s net assets increased by $109 million during the fiscal quarter ending on March 31, 2024.
  • VanEck CEO Jan van Eck doubts the SEC’s readiness to approve spot Ethereum ETFs.

VanEck’s HODL spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) grew $109 million  in the first quarter of 2024.

This significant investment attracted by the ETF suggests a broader institutional confidence in Bitcoin as a viable asset class.

VanEck’s HODL Bitcoin ETF Reveals Significant Q1 Growth

A recent filing  with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by the VanEck Bitcoin Trust revealed that the ETF’s net assets increased by $109 million during the fiscal quarter ending on March 31, 2024.

The filing said that as of April 30, 2024, the fund held 8,711 BTC, bought for $515 million and worth $619 million, with outstanding liabilities of $20 million. The ETF also realized a net gain of $6 million and had 8.2 million shares outstanding.

On January 10, 2024, the SEC approved VanEck’s application among 10 other Bitcoin ETFs.

VanEck CEO Jan van Eck expressed doubts about the SEC’s readiness  to approve spot Ethereum ETFs, anticipating a likely rejection of his firm’s application. VanEck, along with Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest, were among the first American applicants for Ethereum ETFs. The SEC’s decisions are expected on May 23 and May 24, respectively.

Gabor Gurbacs Criticizes Crypto Laws For Innovations Hold-Back

Previously on March 27, VanEck advisor Gabor Gurbacs criticized  current crypto regulations for stifling innovation. Gurbacs alos expressed dissatisfaction with the regulatory management of digital assets over the past decade, especially in developed markets.

He pointed out  that regulatory actions often allowed scammers to operate while hindering genuine innovation. He also said they favored established players at the expense of those working to develop better systems.

His concerns were amplified by instability in the crypto industry, which he attributed to inadequate regulatory frameworks. He said  the SEC’s delay in potentially approving Ethereum ETF applications was a sign of this.


VanEck’s HODL Attracts Investors with Zero-Fee Offer

Back in March, VanEck said  investors could participate in the VanEck Bitcoin Trust (HODL) without any fees until March 31, 2025.

The firm tweeted :

“Because we believe in #bitcoin so much, you can invest in HODL with no fees until the end of March 2025.” Should the Trust’s assets exceed $1.5 billion before this date, any additional assets will incur a Sponsor Fee of 0.20%. This rate will apply uniformly to all investors, as a weighted average of those fee rates. After March 31, 2025, the standard Sponsor Fee will be set at 0.20%.

Institutional Investors Flock to Bitcoin ETFs But Why This Is Good?

Earlier this year, institutional investors poured record amounts  into Bitcoin ETFs. The introduction of Bitcoin spot ETFs in January 2024 significantly widened access to digital assets, attracting investors including wealth managers and retail traders.

VanEck’s growth  suggests more institutional players are becoming more interested in cryptocurrency. The ETF’s ability to attract substantial investment reflects broader institutional confidence in Bitcoin as a viable asset class. This trend is further supported by the record inflows into other Bitcoin ETFs.

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust notably drew a record-setting $520 million in one day. Market analysts suggest that the influx of investments is due to the relative ease of trading Bitcoin through ETFs.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs can create new investment opportunities by offering direct exposure to the Bitcoin market via traditional stock exchanges. This allows investors to engage with Bitcoin as they would with other traded securities. broadening access and integration into standard investment portfolios.

Here are some ways  spot Bitcoin ETFs could benefit institutional adoption:

  • Expanding Market Access Without Direct Ownership

Spot Bitcoin ETFs let investors togain exposure to Bitcoin’s price movements without direct ownership. This could appeal to institutional investors like wealth managers who prefer passive investment strategies.

  • Risk Diversification in Investment Portfolio

With Bitcoin’s low correlation to traditional assets, spot Bitcoin ETFs can give institutional investors a way to diversify their portfolios and hedge against market volatility.

  • Price Transparency

Spot Bitcoin ETFs provide real-time price tracking. This, at least in theory, can improve liquidity and reduce volatility.

  • Regulatory Oversight

The SEC’s approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs on regulated exchanges like NYSE and Nasdaq could reassure institutional investors. It gives them familiar regulatory frameworks, making it easier to get involved with digital assets.

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