Elizabeth Warren Criticizes SEC as Bitcoin ETFs Record Over $4 Billion in First-Day Trades
The newly approved spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have witnessed a remarkable trading volume, exceeding $4 billion on their first day in the market.
According to Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst James Seyffart, spot Bitcoin ETFs’ first-day trading volume exceeded $4.6 before the market closed. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust contributed to over $2.3 billion, more than half of the total amount.
Here’s the #Bitcoin ETF Cointucky Derby data via trading volume on day 1 (more volume will continue for a little while).
— James Seyffart (@JSeyff) January 11, 2024
“Very easy argument to be made that a ton of this volume was selling of GBTC and buying of other ETFs for now!” said Seyffart. Grayscale’s spot Bitcoin ETF was converted from its previous product.
Excluding Grayscale, BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust and Fidelity’s Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund came the first and second each with $1 billion and $700 million trading volumes.
Hashdex’s Bitcoin ETF Does Not Hold Spot Bitcoin Yet
Valkyrie, WisdomTree, and Hashdex had the lowest first-day trading volumes all below $10 million.
Hashdex has published a blog to announce that the firm currently does not own any spot Bitcoins, and its spot Bitcoin ETF (DEFI) is a mere futures product. According to the post, the fund will “change its name and change its investment strategy to permit spot bitcoin in its portfolio.”
Elizabeth Warren Criticizes SEC’s Approval
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has raised concerns about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to approve spot Bitcoin ETFs.
In a statement, Warren criticized the SEC for allowing these financial products without ensuring that they adhere to basic anti-money laundering regulations.
The @SECgov is wrong on the law and wrong on the policy with respect to the Bitcoin ETF decision.
If the SEC is going to let crypto burrow even deeper into our financial system, then it’s more urgent than ever that crypto follow basic anti-money laundering rules.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 11, 2024
“The SEC is wrong on the law and wrong on the policy with respect to the Bitcoin ETF decision,” said Warren. “If the SEC is going to let crypto burrow even deeper into our financial system, then it’s more urgent than ever that crypto follow basic anti-money laundering rules.”
In December 2023, Warren wrote a letter addressed to the United States Blockchain Association, opposing the lobbying efforts of the crypto community.
Warren’s perspective was faced backlashes from the investors and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) voiced his opposition to Warren’s proposed Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act.