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SEC’s Next Move: Cboe’s Bid for Mutual Funds’ ETF Share Class Sets Stage for Bitcoin’s Journey

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  • The SEC filing by Cboe to list mutual fund ETF shares has the potential to revolutionize the ETF market and hasten the institutional adoption of Bitcoin.
  • The idea, which comes as assets are moving from mutual funds to exchange-traded funds (ETFs), promises advantages like increased efficiency and cost reductions.

Cboe Global Markets has taken a major step by obtaining SEC approval to list ETF shares for US mutual funds. Reuters reported this development, which signifies a major financial sector shift and paves the way for institutional use of cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin.

Rob Marrocco, global head of ETP listings at Cboe, states:

“If approved, asset managers could offer exposure to existing mutual fund portfolios through an ETF, similar to the way they make mutual fund share classes with different fees and other features available now. Adding an exchange-traded share class gives investors more options.”

The End of Vanguard’s Patent and Its Implications 

The endeavor follows Vanguard’s multi-share class fund patent expiration, which has impacted the financial world for almost two decades. After this patent’s conclusion, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, and Dimensional Fund Advisors are interested in adding ETF share classes to their mutual fund portfolios, marking a new chapter in investment fund evolution.

Cboe’s filing differs from asset managers’ SEC-unresponsive recommendations. A 240-day review period is launched at Cboe’s request, with an SEC determination deadline of late November. This planned timeframe makes regulatory review more urgent.

The Potential Advantages of ETF Share Class

The anticipated SEC approval will assist the investment community beyond a procedural step. Portfolio management efficiency, secondary market trading opportunities, and investor cost efficiencies are potential benefits.

This method also lets asset managers expand their ETF products without starting over, maintaining their assets and performance.

This transition happens amid major mutual fund-ETF capital migrations. ETFs received more than $2 trillion from 2021 to 2023, bringing the US ETF market to a record $8.9 trillion in assets under management. Mutual funds lost almost $1 trillion.

This proposal faces SEC concerns concerning mutual fund and ETF share class conflicts of interest. Despite these worries, the regulatory body did not ban Vanguard’s multi-share class funds, suggesting Cboe’s request might proceed.

Beyond financial markets, Cboe’s plan signals a turning point for Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. This invention is expected to attract significant institutional investment into crypto, increasing Bitcoin’s acceptance and integration into mainstream financial systems by making ETFs more accessible and efficient.

As previously reported by ETHNews, Bitcoin spot ETF outflows ceased for five consecutive days recently, prompting traders to speculate on an impending bullish surge for this renowned digital asset.

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