By: Eliza Bennet
A noteworthy development that is shaping the world of cryptocurrencies is the successful launch and increasing adoption of Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds (ETF). BlackRock's iShares Bitcoin ETF is a prime example, which has recently crossed the $2 billion mark in assets under management, a milestone that demonstrates the strong performance of BlackRock against the background of crypto ETFs. However, it's worth understanding the underlying mechanisms of these ETFs, more specifically the cash-creation structure, and their potential influence on investors.
The cash-creation commodity-shares ETFs, like IBIT from BlackRock, are rather new and untested products. They operate differently from traditional ETFs that work with in-kind orders. The use of cash creations and redemptions in cash-creation commodity-shares ETFs may potentially cause delays in transactions, thereby affecting the price of shares. This indicates a possibility of reduced arbitrage opportunities for Authorized Participants.
Nevertheless, the robust influx of funds into these ETFs, with BlackRock and Fidelity leading Bitcoin accumulation, shows the increasing appetite of investors toward Bitcoin-based investment products. Such a trend could significantly shape the crypto space, possibly resulting in a widespread adoption of these ETFs. However, also evident is the express need for a deep understanding of the intricate functions of these funds, which directly calls for further regulatory oversight to ensure the protection of the investors' interests.
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