Bitcoin ETF Frenzy Unveiled

Martin Walker
Oct 25, 2023 at 11:27 am

The Bitcoin market experienced a fascinating turn of events with the BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF ticker, BTC, briefly dipping to $34,284. This occurrence created ripples across the financial landscape as it unfolded on the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation's (DTCC) website, momentarily disappearing before resurfacing.

The surprise reappearance of IBTC on October 23 sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency market. The sight of IBTC on the DTCC website triggered a sudden uptick in Bitcoin's value, setting off a flurry of excitement among traders and investors who eagerly anticipated the potential approval of a forthcoming spot ETF.

However, the roller-coaster ride continued when the IBTC ticker quietly vanished from the website a few hours later. This sudden disappearance caused Bitcoin's price to plummet by nearly 3%, underscoring the profound influence of ETF-related developments on trading sentiment and activity.

BlackRock’s iShares IBTC ETF is back on the DTCC's site. Source: DTCCBlackRock’s iShares IBTC ETF is back on the DTCC's site. Source: DTCC 

Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, highlighted the dramatic impact of the IBTC listing on the DTCC website, even suggesting that it briefly overwhelmed the system. Balchunas emphasized that such attention is a rarity for the DTCC, underscoring the unique and intense nature of this unfolding saga.

As IBTC found its way back onto the list, a vigilant Twitter user pointed out an interesting discrepancy between the previous and new listings. The previous listing displayed a "Y" under the "create/redeem" category, while the new listing featured an "N," adding a layer of intrigue to the situation.

In response to this observation, James Seyffart, another Bloomberg ETF analyst, offered his insight, suggesting that this change indicates BlackRock is diligently preparing for a potential launch, contingent upon securing SEC approval. Seyffart further clarified that the "N" symbolizes the ETF's status as not yet open for create and redeem transactions, as it has not yet gone live.

A recent Reuters report on October 25 disclosed that the IBTC listing had been quietly added to the DTCC's site back in August. However, this development only came to widespread attention a few days ago, adding another dimension of mystery to the unfolding narrative.

A spokesperson from the DTCC clarified that it's standard procedure to include securities in the NSCC security eligibility file in anticipation of launching a new ETF into the market. The spokesperson made it clear that the presence of a security on the list is not indicative of the outcome of any outstanding regulatory or approval processes, leaving room for speculation and debate.

Bitcoin’s price held firm following IBTC’s reappearance — up 0.15% in the last hour. Source: CoinMarketCapBitcoin’s price held firm following IBTC’s reappearance — up 0.15% in the last hour. Source: CoinMarketCap

Amidst these intriguing developments, Bitcoin has managed to maintain relative stability. According to CoinMarketCap data, Bitcoin has seen a modest increase of 0.15% in the past hour. Currently trading at $33,940, Bitcoin has recorded a notable 19.1% gain over the past week, keeping market participants on the edge of their seats.

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