- Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein predicts spot Bitcoin ETFs could unlock $30 trillion in advised wealth market and provide exposure to new investors
- Executives like Jan3’s Samson Mow and MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor anticipate spot ETFs will boost Bitcoin’s price and mainstream demand
- Anthony Pompliano expects spot ETF impact may be gradual, while Oliver Velez says real Bitcoiners prefer holding BTC directly over ETFs
The possibility of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) being approved has generated excitement and predictions within the crypto community. Industry executives have been sharing their views on how these new investment vehicles could impact crypto markets.
Executives Predict Massive Inflows
In a recent CNBC interview, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said he’s optimistic about Bitcoin’s prospects and believes many investors are allocating to crypto. Sonnenshein thinks spot Bitcoin ETFs will provide exposure to a new segment of investors, unlocking the “$30 trillion” advised wealth market in the U.S.
Other executives like Jan3 CEO Samson Mow believe spot ETFs could boost Bitcoin’s price and branding. MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor called them the most significant Wall Street development in 30 years that will drive mainstream demand.
Comparisons to Buying Real Bitcoin
While some anticipate spot ETFs will propel Bitcoin’s price higher, Anthony Pompliano said the funds likely won’t dramatically move markets overnight.
Bitcoin supporter Oliver Velez compared buying Bitcoin ETFs to buying “paper” Bitcoin with extra custody costs. He said real Bitcoiners will prefer holding real BTC directly.
Overall, crypto executives, including BlackRock, are optimistic about the market impact of spot Bitcoin ETFs if they are approved. The new investment vehicles could attract significant new inflows from mainstream investors and advisors. However, some argue these impacts may be gradual and direct Bitcoin ownership provides advantages over ETFs. The crypto community will be watching closely for regulatory spot ETF decisions in 2023.