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Grayscale’s New Job Postings Suggest a Bitcoin ETF Application

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  • Grayscale new job openings suggest the company is considering a Bitcoin or Crypto related ETF application
  • One of the requirements is that candidates should have experience dealing with the various US financial regulatory bodies including the SEC
  • JP Morgan plans on launching a cryptocurrency exposure basket composed of 11 companies with Bitcoin exposure

The crypto investment firm of Grayscale might be considering a Bitcoin or Crypto-based Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). This is according to the following list of job openings posted on the company website.

  • ETF Authorized Participant Relationship Manager
  • ETF Compliance Officer
  • ETF Creation and Redemption Specialist
  • ETF Finance Reporting Manager
  • ETF Finance Support Manager
  • ETF Market Maker Relationship Manager
  • ETF Product Development Specialist
  • ETF Sales Director (East)
  • ETF Sales Director (West)

The new job postings surrounding an ETF were first captured by the team at Bloqport who went on to postulate that the jobs are centered around a Bitcoin ETF as seen in the following Tweet.

Grayscale Seeks Candidates with Experience Dealing with US Financial Regulators

Besides knowledge on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, the ETF-related Job postings by Grayscale require that their preferred candidates should have some experience dealing with the various financial regulatory bodies as highlighted below.

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Experience in interacting with FINRA, SEC, NYSE, NYSE, CBOE, and/or other securities exchanges, and NYDFS

JP Morgan to Launch a Crypto Exposure Basket

Grayscale’s job postings surrounding ETFs come less than 24 hours after JP Morgan announced it was launching a ‘CryptoCurrency Exposure Basket’. The incoming investment instrument by JP Morgan would be composed of 11 US-listed companies that are directly or indirectly related to cryptocurrencies or other digital assets as explained below.

The Reference Stocks in the Basket represent the common stocks / American depositary shares of 11 U.S.-listed companies that operate businesses that we believe to be, directly or indirectly, related to cryptocurrencies or other digital assets, including as a result of bitcoin holdings, cryptocurrency technology products, cryptocurrency mining products, digital payments or bitcoin trading.

The weights of the Reference Stocks were determined based in part on exposure to bitcoin, correlation to bitcoin and liquidity. The Basket may be subject to extreme price volatility and rapid and substantial decreases in price over the term of the notes.

The 11 US-Listed companies and their weighted value in the Crypto Exposure basket can be found below.

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  1. MicroStrategy (MSTR) – 20%
  2. Square Inc. (SQ) – 18%
  3. Riot Blockchain Inc. (RIOT) – 15%
  4. NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) – 15%
  5. Paypal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) – 10%
  6. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) – 5%
  7. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSM) – 5%
  8. Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) – 4%
  9. CME Group Inc. (CME) – 4%
  10. Overstock.com Inc. (OSTK) – 2%
  11. Silvergate Capital Corporation (SI) – 2%

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Identifies Altcoin With ‘Most Upside’ As Bitcoin Blasts Above $60,000

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As Bitcoin shoots above $60,000, business magnate Mark Cuban says one altcoin stands above the rest in terms of investment potential.

In a new interview with CNBC Make It, the billionaire says that Ethereum (ETH) is the best crypto prospect on the market.

“As an investment, I think Ethereum has the most upside.”

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Cuban, who previously stated that smart contracts on Ethereum’s blockchain have revolutionized the cryptocurrency market, believes that the second-largest crypto by market cap is the digital asset which most resembles legal tender.

“I wish I had bought [Ethereum] sooner. I think it’s the closest thing we have to a true currency.”

Cuban went on to reiterate his position that Bitcoin (BTC) is superior to gold because not only is its supply scarce, but it’s easier to transfer, store, trade, and fractionalize. That sentiment is shared by fellow billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic.

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Cuban’s comments come on the heels of him saying that customers prefer making payments in Dogecoin (DOGE) rather than BTC at his venues because Bitcoin tends to be a highly appreciable asset.

Ethereum is exchanging hands at $3,839 at time of writing, an 11% increase from its seven-day low of $3,431, according to CoinGecko.

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ProShares Set for Bitcoin Futures ETF Launch on Monday After Apparent SEC Approval

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly greenlit the country’s first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).

ProShares, an ETF provider, filed a post-effective amendment prospectus on Friday that states the company plans to launch the BTC Futures ETF on Monday, a sign that the SEC has approved the product.

The fund doesn’t invest directly in Bitcoin, but it provides price exposure to Bitcoin futures contracts, a first in the US.

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Both Bloomberg and CNBC, citing people “familiar with the matter,” reported earlier in the week that the SEC planned to approve BTC futures ETFs from ProShares and the independent investment firm Invesco Ltd.

Invesco’s ETF is also set to provide exposure to a collection of exchange-traded products (ETPs) and private investment trusts that hold Bitcoin, rather than direct investments in BTC itself.

Last month, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said he was open to ETFs for Bitcoin futures, noting that they are filed under mutual fund guidelines which provide “significant investor protections.”

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Bitcoin is trading at $61,549.38 at time of writing and is up 6.6% in the past day and more than 40% in the past two weeks, according to CoinGecko.

BTC hit its all-time high of $64,804.72 in mid-April.

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Bitcoin May See Real Peak If ETF Is Approved and I May Cash Out Half My ETH: CNBC’s Jim Cramer

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Jim Cramer shares a common view that Bitcoin has the opportunity to reach a short-term peak or even a real peak if Bitcoin ETFs are approved next week.

Host of CNBC’s Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has talked to Andrew Sorkin from CNBC’s Squawk Box show about the prospects of the Bitcoin price if or when four Bitcoin futures ETFs get the SEC’s approval next week.

Cramer also stated that he may cash out half of his Ethereum stash.

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SEC approval for ETF may push Bitcoin up, Cramer says

Answering Sorkin’s question, Cramer stated that a lot of people believe there is a high chance that the senior cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, may hit a short-term or even a real price peak if four BTC-based ETFs are approved by the SEC next week.

He corrected the host and said that the regulatory agency may approve not just one but four Bitcoin futures ETFs next week.

However, he stated that people are running ahead of a possible ETF approval.

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Bitcoin spikes to $59,500 as chance for ETF approval emerges

Earlier today, the flagship digital currency, Bitcoin, soared to a multi-month high of $59,500 on the Bitstamp exchange. It happened after Bloomberg released a report, saying that so far the Securities and Exchange Commission has not objected to approving multiple Bitcoin futures ETFs that were submitted to it earlier this year.

The Bloomberg article stated that the information had been confirmed by multiple sources close to the SEC and to the matter in question.

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The media giant’s ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas, believes that the likelihood of Bitcoin ETFs getting the green light has now risen to more than 90%. Still, he is not ready to “close the case” yet.

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