Bitcoin Heads to Wall Street. Now What?

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A new era of crypto trading is expected to begin as soon as today, after the S.E.C. finally approved the creation of new exchange-traded funds that would allow investors to more easily buy and sell Bitcoin.

The regulator yesterday authorized 11 fund managers — including the Wall Street fund giants BlackRock and VanEck and smaller companies like GrayScale and Valkyrie — to begin offering the new crypto investment products.

In anticipation of the decision, the companies have been aggressively cutting their management fees to gain an early advantage. “The fundamental change is a whole lot more money is coming into this asset class,” Paul Grewal, the chief legal counsel of the crypto exchange Coinbase, told DealBook. Matthew Sigel, the head of digital asset research at VanEck, called it a “historic” moment.

Bitcoin hit a 21-month high this week, as crypto boosters shrugged off a series of high-profile bankruptcies and a sweeping legal crackdown against some of the biggest players in the sector. That said, the cryptocurrency’s price barely budged this morning, trading below $47,000, giving the digital token a market value of roughly $920 billion.

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