The price of Bitcoin has recently experienced a slowdown in its upward trajectory after a week of breaking through critical resistance levels. Despite this temporary setback, experts believe that the rally is still in its early stages, and BTC is poised to see further profits in the coming months. Currently trading at $43,300, Bitcoin has managed to reclaim levels last seen in 2022 before the crash to its yearly lows. In the weekly chart, BTC records a 15% rally, while Ethereum follows a similar trend, leaving other altcoins lagging behind.
One of the main factors driving Bitcoin’s exponential rise is the anticipation surrounding the approval of a spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC recently set a final deadline for rebuttal comments on January 5th, 2024, leading market observers to predict a probable approval shortly after. While some skeptics question whether the SEC acknowledges the significance of Bitcoin’s 15th anniversary on January 3rd, 2024, the market has certainly taken note.
As Bitcoin nears the $45,000 mark in anticipation of the expected ETF approval announcement, investors are now questioning how much of this news has already been priced into the market. The post-ETF approval period will be critical, as the actual impact will depend on the flow of investments from the ETF during its initial trading weeks. If reality fails to meet expectations, a potential ‘sell-the-news’ event could occur next year.
The recent announcement by the SEC has also reignited the interest of Asian buyers, who had been less active in the previous month. It is worth noting that most of the recent spot gains occurred during U.S. trading hours, reflecting how investors in the country are positioning themselves ahead of the SEC announcement. With 13 applications for spot ETFs and several others for leveraged and options-based ETFs in the pipeline, the traditional finance ecosystem surrounding BTC and ETH is expected to witness significant expansion.
While Bitcoin continues to dominate the cryptocurrency market, there is growing interest in the altcoin sector to catch up with the current BTC price action. The recent pullback in Bitcoin’s price could present an opportunity for smaller coins to benefit from the bullish momentum. Traders and investors are now closely watching when altcoins will make their move and start gaining ground against Bitcoin.
As the market prepares for the launch of the spot ETF and the potential growth of other cryptocurrency-related financial products, investors can expect an increased range of options. In a market characterized by low costs and tight spreads, structured products may emerge as a key asset class for generating alpha, similar to how gold has performed in other markets. The trading desk at QCP Capital emphasizes that even if spot BTC reaches its peak on the day of the ETF’s launch, it will not hinder the overall growth of the traditional finance ecosystem surrounding BTC and soon ETH.
Bitcoin’s rally continues to show promise, with further profits expected in the coming months. The potential approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF by the SEC has generated significant anticipation and interest from both institutional and retail investors. As the cryptocurrency market evolves, altcoins are looking to catch up and capitalize on the bullish momentum. With the launch of various cryptocurrency financial products on the horizon, the landscape of traditional finance and its integration with cryptocurrencies is poised for significant expansion.