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2024-01-05 9:05 AM

Bitcoin Bounces Back as ETF Progress Sparks Market Optimism

  • Bitcoin Price Recovery: Bitcoin's value has made a notable comeback, rebounding from a significant crash and stabilizing at an encouraging level, reflecting investor confidence and discounting initial fears and uncertainties.
  • Progress in Spot Bitcoin ETF Applications: Key financial entities like VanEck and Grayscale have advanced in the ETF approval process, submitting essential 8-a forms. This progress is critical for the first wave of SEC approvals and is closely watched by global markets, including South Africa.
  • SEC's Engagement with Major Exchanges: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) conducted meetings with leading exchanges like NYSE, Nasdaq, and Cboe to discuss the potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs, indicating significant regulatory developments that could impact the global cryptocurrency market.
By Nonhlanhla

In the dynamic world of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin’s price recently showcased resilience, quickly recovering from a significant crash. This rebound was fueled by investors discounting the fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) surrounding the event. The clearing of this FUD was timely, coinciding with major advancements in spot Bitcoin ETF applications, a development closely monitored by South African investors.

Spot Bitcoin ETF Applicants Progress with New Filings

Major players like VanEck and Grayscale are emulating Fidelity’s strategy, submitting crucial 8-a forms for the registration of their securities. This step, often misunderstood as reapplying, is an essential part of the approval process. It ensures all necessary details are provided for the first wave of approvals, anticipated between January 8-10.

These filings are particularly informative for investors not deeply familiar with such investment products. They offer comprehensive details about the securities, including issuance, distribution dates, and terms from the applicants.

SEC Engages with Major Exchanges

In a significant move, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently met with major exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Nasdaq, and Cboe. This meeting aimed to gather feedback on the potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs, a decision with far-reaching implications for global markets, including South Africa.

Bitcoin’s Price Recovery and Technical Analysis

Following a drop below $41,000 (approximately R767,520), Bitcoin has not only recovered but is trading at a promising $44,234 (approximately R828,149.28) after a 2.3% increase. This recovery aligns with a bullish divergence pattern observed recently.

Looking ahead, Bitcoin appears set to continue its upward trend, possibly crossing the $45,000 (approximately R842,400) threshold. This is particularly significant in the lead-up to the spot BTC ETF approval. Some resistance might be encountered around $45,259 (approximately R847,287.28), but overcoming this could pave the way for further increases.

For South African investors and the broader market, these developments offer a glimpse into the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency investments. The potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs and the recent price recovery of Bitcoin signify a pivotal moment, potentially reshaping investment strategies in the digital currency space.

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Nonhlanhla P Dube is a senior news reporter. Nonhlanhla is a student of International Relations at the University of South Africa. She reports primarily on personal finance and economics. You can contact her on: Email:

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