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As we head into the latter half of the year, Bitcoin continues to surprise us with its resilience. Trading rangebound and showing record-low volatility, the world’s largest digital asset has still managed to outpace most crypto hedge funds. A recent report from 21e6 Capital highlights that a simple buy-and-hold strategy in Bitcoin would have yielded approximately 80% in returns by mid-year, putting previous hedge fund outperformance in the shade.
The next significant movement for Bitcoin seems to hinge on regulatory clarity, notably the potential approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) by the SEC. This potential approval is being watched keenly by institutional players, with key figures like Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz citing sources at BlackRock and Invesco about the asset’s future. While the SEC’s decision on spot Bitcoin ETF is expected by this week, as the SEC has a deadline to respond within 45 days of the applications filed, a delay in approval is widely expected. The consensus among institutions seems to be that it’s a question of “when,” not “if.”
In other news, according to banking giant JPMorgan, the launch of PayPal’s stablecoin (PYUSD) is viewed as potentially beneficial to Ethereum, both in terms of attracting more firms to use its platform and filling the market space left by Binance’s stablecoin shutdown. This could increase Ethereum’s total value locked (TVL) and further cement its position as a leading platform for stablecoins and decentralized projects.
In summary, the keenly awaited SEC ruling on a spot Bitcoin ETF may set a precedent, while PayPal’s PYUSD stablecoin offers promising prospects for Ethereum. These developments reflect the dynamism and complexity of the crypto space, where strategic opportunities coexist with regulatory challenges. As investors and industry leaders look to the latter half of the year, a blend of caution and optimism appears to be the guiding principle.
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