Spot Bitcoin ETFs Approved: Here’s How Crypto Executives Reacted

Ruholamin Haqshanas
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally approved a range of spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications. 

The decision comes more than a decade after the initial filing for a crypto-based ETF, a financial product designed to track the performance of various assets such as commodities and equities. 

The newly approved ETFs will specifically track the spot market price of Bitcoin.

Wall Street giants such as BlackRock, Fidelity, and VanEck, alongside several native crypto firms, are among those bringing these ETFs to the market. 

The approval of these products has the potential to attract significant capital inflows into Bitcoin (BTC), with many crypto executives expressing enthusiasm about their impact on the digital asset market. 

“The significance of this moment cannot be overstated,” Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said in a recent post on X (formerly Twitter). 

“Congrats to all who have worked to get Bitcoin spot ETFs approved!” he wrote, adding that the news “is further legitimization of crypto as an asset class.”

“I expect this will be yet another catalyst for institutional investment / adoption, ideally leading the industry to focus outside primarily speculative to broader real-world use cases, underpinning that legitimization.”

Grayscale Played a Major Role in ETF Approval

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong and the platform’s cheif legal officer Paul Grewal both pointed out the Grayscale has played a key role in the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs. 

“Grayscale deserves a huge amount of credit for today, pushing this through the courts.”

In September, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Grayscale, ordering the SEC to set aside its earlier rejection of Grayscale’s application and reopen the review process.

The court ruled that there was no justification for the SEC to allow Bitcoin futures-based ETFs but deny spot Bitcoin ETFs.

It claimed that fraud and manipulation in the Bitcoin spot market pose a similar risk to both futures and spot products because the spot market and the CME futures market are tightly correlated. 

Therefore, the SEC’s rejection of Grayscale’s proposal was “arbitrary and capricious” because the agency failed to explain its different treatment of similar products, the court said.

Meanwhile, former Microstrategy CEO and Bitcoin bull Michael Saylor joked that it still needs six confirmations from the SEC before an ETF transaction is settled. 

Shortly after receiving approval from U.S. regulators for its innovative products, Franklin Templeton, fund manager overseeing $1.5 trillion in assets, introduced a distinctive touch to its X avatar. The company adorned its logo, featuring the iconic 18th-century American figure Ben Franklin, by adding laser eyes acknowledging the Bitcoin ETF approval and raising speculations of its potential entry.

ETFs Show Crypto is “Unstoppable”

Tron’s Justin Sun claimed that the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US show that crypto is “unstoppable.”

“In the near future, Asian and Chinese markets will also embrace this opportunity, and Bitcoin will eventually reach the world’s eight billion people,” he added. 

Likewise, in an email to, Jonathan Steinberg, WisdomTree Founder and CEO, called the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs as the next major step in crypto.

“While potential investors must carefully consider if the risk profile of a digital asset such as bitcoin has a place in their portfolio, we see this effectiveness as a major step in the industry evolution that we’re leading – where the blockchain is redefining the way we see finance today.”

Gracy Chen, Managing Director at Bitget, mentioned that spot Bitcoin ETFs could unleash significant market demand, driving an upward trend in Bitcoin prices.

However, she noted that the future price movement will also be impacted by further capital inflows into Bitcoin ETFs.

“The abundance or scarcity of funds will play a crucial role in market sentiment and price fluctuations, determining whether Bitcoin prices continue to rise or experience a decline,” he said in a comment to

She added that the majority of Asian regions lean towards regulated financial vehicles, and such a product in Asia will add to the existing euphoria around digital assets in the region.

“We anticipate rapid adoption of regulated Bitcoin ETFs across Asia especially after SEC’s Bitcoin ETF approval.”