BlackRock and ARK Invest Conform to SEC’s Cash Redemption Model for Bitcoin ETF

Major companies in the market, such as BlackRock and ARK Invest, have modified their S-1 registration statements in order to comply with the requirements imposed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. When it comes to their planned spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), this update includes a significant move toward a cash redemption approach.

This strategic decision, which was signified by the submission of these revisions on December 18, 2023, symbolizes the embrace of a cash creation and redemption model over the in-kind redemptions that had been pursued in the past. Generally speaking, in-kind redemptions entail transactions that do not require monetary exchanges, such as the direct use of Bitcoin (BTC). This adjustment is in accordance with the standards that have been established by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States.

The ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF is particularly mentioned in the registration statement of ARK Invest, which highlights the company’s change to accepting solely cash creations and redemptions. When it comes to prospective in-kind agreements, the statement does provide opportunity for them; however, this is contingent upon receiving regulatory permission. In a similar vein, BlackRock has echoed this stance, highlighting the possibilities of in-kind transactions, but this is reliant upon receiving approval from regulatory authorities.

Because of the SEC’s insistence on a “cash-only” strategy, authorized participants in these exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are now required to supply cash in order to purchase more shares. Unlike the “in-kind” technique, which allows investors to directly swap the asset that the ETF monitors (in this instance, Bitcoin) for ETF shares, this approach takes a different approach. The cash-only strategy seeks to provide better transparency on the sources of the Bitcoin that serves as the basis for the exchange-traded fund (ETF), which would presumably acquire the Bitcoin from reputable exchanges.

The reaction from the industry has been inconsistent. Eric Balchunas, an analyst for Bloomberg ETFs, adds that ARK and its partner 21Shares first rejected the cash generation approach. In fact, they even came up with an alternate mechanism for in-kind redemptions. Their final compliance is an indication of the SEC’s tough attitude on the subject, and the analyst suggests that this might pave the way for the possibility of an approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) as early as January.

This new move is a part of a larger trend in which entities that issue exchange-traded funds (ETFs), such as WisdomTree, a worldwide supplier of ETFs, have been required to conform to the SEC’s preference for cash redemptions. This strategy move among large firms such as BlackRock and ARK Invest represents a substantial adaptation to regulatory restrictions, and it may signal the beginning of a new phase in the development of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds by bringing about a new phase.

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