ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood says that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is starting to show a change in attitude toward the firm’s application for a spot market Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).
In a new CNBC interview, Wood says that there’s been a healthy exchange of information between the SEC and ARK Invest’s BTC ETF partner 21Shares.
“Our partner 21Shares in Europe did answer or send information in response to the SEC questions… and what we see here is a little bit of a change in the SEC’s behavior.
They actually are asking questions and we provided five pages along with our partner of answers to those questions. So progress we would say.”
The SEC has to make its final decision regarding the application status of ARK 21 Shares Bitcoin ETF on January 10th, about three months earlier than the final deadline for other spot market BTC ETFs.
Wood also says that institutional floodgates will open up once the SEC greenlights a Bitcoin ETF.
“I think many people focus on our price target for Bitcoin and our base case is over $600,000 by the year 2030, and they really want to understand that. Maybe they’re just trying to understand our research, but there’s definitely a focus on whether this is a new asset class that I should investigate.
And I would say institutions, especially, when they see the SEC seal of approval this way, I think this will finally bring institutional interest into Bitcoin.”
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