- The ticker of the BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF was removed from the DTCC site, raising approval doubts.
- SEC involvement was speculated, emphasizing crypto ETF regulatory challenges.
- Uncertainty persists for BlackRock’s ETF and the crypto ETF landscape in the U.S.
The stock ticker IBTC of the BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF has disappeared from the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) website, raising questions about its approval status.
BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF Faces Approval Uncertainty
According to crypto industry expert Gabor Gurbacs, issuers often have the option to make preemptive moves, but this situation might have benefited from prior regulatory consultation. Bloomberg analyst James Seyffart speculated that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may have been in contact with BlackRock regarding this development.
BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF, with the ticker symbol IBTC, had initially been listed on the DTCC, suggesting potential approval by the SEC. If approved, this ETF could pave the way for several other spot crypto ETFs currently under SEC review, including those from ARK Investment, Fidelity, and Valkyrie.
SEC Speculation Casts Doubt on Crypto ETF Future
As of now, the SEC has not greenlit a spot for Bitcoin or Ether ETFs to list on a U.S. exchange, although they began allowing investment products tied to Bitcoin futures in October 2021.
The appearance of the product on DTCC’s website followed BlackRock’s revision of its Bitcoin ETF proposal on October 18. Notably, other firms like Ark Invest and 21Shares had made changes to their Bitcoin ETF applications ahead of BlackRock, emphasizing that the trust’s assets would remain separate from corporate or other customer assets.
The removal of IBTC from the DTCC website has raised uncertainty about the future of BlackRock Bitcoin ETF and the broader landscape of crypto-related ETFs in the U.S. It underscores the evolving regulatory environment in which these investment products operate.