Bitcoin Spot ETF Approval Odds Surge to 89% on Polymarket

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Traders on the prediction market platform Polymarket are betting big on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approving a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) before January 15, 2024. The contract price for this outcome has risen to 89 cents, implying a 89% probability, up from 50% in December 2023. The total amount wagered on this contract is $437,394 as of January 2, 2024.

Spot ETF would be more beneficial for the Bitcoin market

A Bitcoin spot ETF would track the price of the underlying asset directly, unlike the Bitcoin futures ETFs that the SEC has already approved. Many investors and analysts believe that a spot ETF would be more beneficial for the Bitcoin market, as it would reduce the tracking error and premium issues that plague the futures ETFs.

A spot ETF would also allow more institutional and retail investors to gain exposure to Bitcoin without having to deal with the technical and regulatory challenges of buying and storing the cryptocurrency.

January 15 Deadline for Approval

The SEC has been reviewing several applications for a Bitcoin spot ETF, but has repeatedly delayed its decision, citing concerns over market manipulation, investor protection, and custody. The latest deadline for the SEC to approve or reject the applications is January 15, 2024. However, the SEC has the authority to extend the review period further, as it has done in the past.

Polymarket is a decentralized platform that allows users to bet on the outcomes of various events, such as politics, sports, economics, and technology. The platform uses blockchain technology and smart contracts to ensure transparency and security of the bets. Polymarket claims to offer “the most accurate and unbiased information on the internet” by aggregating the collective wisdom of the crowd.

Author: Jinka

Jinka is a self-trained crypto journalist, passionate about happenings in the industry.