BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, recently announced the launch of a private trust that will give clients exposure to spot Bitcoin. This move is seen as a competition to Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) and has resulted in institutional investors preparing for something big. Regulatory concerns have also been raised due to the new SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s attempt to impose strict regulations on crypto industry.
Growing Interest in Bitcoin
Larry Fink, BlackRock’s CEO, revealed that there has been a growing interest in Bitcoin from various institutions. BlackRock is getting involved with Bitcoin miners and even Silvergate, which shows that the company is preparing for something big. On the other hand, retail investors are still fearful and panicking while big boys like BlackRock are accumulating and preparing for the future.
Gary Gensler, the new Chairman of the SEC, is trying to impose strict regulations on cryptocurrency industry but his plans may be disrupted by several lawsuits such as an attempt to stop Voyager from being bought out by Binance or Ripple’s case against SEC or Grayscale’s case against SEC. If any of these cases end up in favor of plaintiffs then it could lead to massive changes in crypto space.
Potential Losses Facing Gensler
The potential losses faced by Gensler in these cases could lead to massive changes in crypto space as well as put him in his place if he loses any one of those lawsuits. For example, if Ripple wins its case then it would change the whole industry or if Grayscale wins its lawsuit then it would force Gensler to allow a spot Bitcoin ETF bringing billions of dollars into crypto space.