In a recent development, investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has expressed its interest in playing a crucial role in the forthcoming Spot Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) introduced by BlackRock and Grayscale.
If approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Goldman Sachs aims to become an “authorized participant” (AP) for these high-profile investment products.
Goldman Sachs Eyes Key Partnerships In Bitcoin ETFs Market
Authorized participants are responsible for creating and redeeming ETF shares, ensuring that the trading of these products aligns with the underlying assets.
By reportedly seeking the AP role, Goldman Sachs aims to join the ranks of other financial powerhouses like JPMorgan Chase, which have shown interest in serving as APs for prospective ETF issuers.
According to recent reports, Goldman Sachs is specifically targeting partnerships with BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, and Grayscale, a prominent player in the cryptocurrency investment space with its $26 billion Bitcoin Trust.
Race For The AP Role
Goldman Sachs is not alone in its pursuit of the AP role. Other major financial institutions are also vying for the same position in the dozen or so applications currently under consideration by the SEC ahead of the looming deadline.
The industry expects more firms to emerge in the coming days, seeking to establish themselves as authorized participants for the approved ETFs.
Each Bitcoin ETF is expected to have five to ten authorized participants, highlighting the growing interest from traditional finance firms as they anticipate potential approval.
Goldman Sachs’ pursuit of a key role in BlackRock and Grayscale’s Spot Bitcoin ETFs underscores the growing interest and recognition of digital assets within the traditional finance sector.
As the industry eagerly awaits regulatory approval, the involvement of such prominent institutions signals a significant step toward mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies. The decision of the SEC regarding the approval of these Bitcoin ETF applications will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the future of Bitcoin and the broader digital asset market.
Bitcoin is currently trading at $42,600, after briefly touching $40,800 on Wednesday morning.
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