Bitcoin ETF First Month Is in the Books: How It Went and What Comes Next

Excitement was high about one month ago, when TradFi once again got the regulatory go-ahead to launch an entirely new investment vehicle for crypto. The process of bringing to the U.S. market a spot bitcoin ETF took more than a decade, but on Jan. 11, 10 such products finally began trading. It’s been a hell of a ride since.

A Backdoor Regulatory Option Haunts U.S. Crypto

After the 2008 global financial meltdown, Congress set up a round table of regulators who could wield a unique tool against the next emerging threats. The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) can tag companies with systemic-risk labels that saddle them with tremendous new restrictions, and the crypto sector has the council’s attention.