Grayscale Joins Forces with FTSE Russell to Launch Crypto Indices

by Jared Kirui
  • FTSE-Grayscale indices track the performance of crypto assets across five categories.
  • The indices enable investors to diversify their crypto portfolios.
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Grayscale Investments has partnered with FTSE Russell to unveil five crypto sector indices. This step followed a recent federal appeals court ruling that reignited hopes for the approval of Grayscale's spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), initially rejected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Dubbed the FTSE-Grayscale indices, the suite of crypto indices tracks the performance of crypto assets across five distinct categories: currencies, smart contract platforms, financials, consumer and culture, and utilities and services, according to a report by Reuters.

Diversification beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum

This diversification move addresses the growing demand by investors to explore beyond the most prominent cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Grayscale's CEO, Michael Sonnenshein, said that investors have increasingly sought ways to diversify their portfolios within the cryptocurrency market.

In August, the federal appeals court issued a decision that contradicted the SEC's rejection of Grayscale's spot Bitcoin ETF application. This action brought optimism in the crypto markets. Although the ruling did not guarantee an instant approval of the ETF, it renewed interest for a spot Bitcoin ETF among asset management firms.

Notably, industry giants such as BlackRock and Invesco have filed applications for similar investment products, further signaling the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies within the traditional financial sector.

SEC Faces Crucial Decision on Spot Bitcoin ETF

Following the court ruling, the SEC opted not to contest the case. With this legal chapter now concluded, it's up to the regulator to decide whether to approve Grayscale's application or reject it.

The proposed spot Bitcoin ETF would enable investors to invest in Bitcoin without the necessity of owning the actual cryptocurrency. The SEC has previously turned down all applications for spot Bitcoin ETFs, citing concerns over investor protection against potential market manipulation.

The cryptocurrency industry has long been waiting for the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States. Despite numerous applications submitted to the SEC in recent years, concerns over fraud and market manipulation have consistently led to rejections.

Grayscale Investments has partnered with FTSE Russell to unveil five crypto sector indices. This step followed a recent federal appeals court ruling that reignited hopes for the approval of Grayscale's spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), initially rejected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Dubbed the FTSE-Grayscale indices, the suite of crypto indices tracks the performance of crypto assets across five distinct categories: currencies, smart contract platforms, financials, consumer and culture, and utilities and services, according to a report by Reuters.

Diversification beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum

This diversification move addresses the growing demand by investors to explore beyond the most prominent cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Grayscale's CEO, Michael Sonnenshein, said that investors have increasingly sought ways to diversify their portfolios within the cryptocurrency market.

In August, the federal appeals court issued a decision that contradicted the SEC's rejection of Grayscale's spot Bitcoin ETF application. This action brought optimism in the crypto markets. Although the ruling did not guarantee an instant approval of the ETF, it renewed interest for a spot Bitcoin ETF among asset management firms.

Notably, industry giants such as BlackRock and Invesco have filed applications for similar investment products, further signaling the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies within the traditional financial sector.

SEC Faces Crucial Decision on Spot Bitcoin ETF

Following the court ruling, the SEC opted not to contest the case. With this legal chapter now concluded, it's up to the regulator to decide whether to approve Grayscale's application or reject it.

The proposed spot Bitcoin ETF would enable investors to invest in Bitcoin without the necessity of owning the actual cryptocurrency. The SEC has previously turned down all applications for spot Bitcoin ETFs, citing concerns over investor protection against potential market manipulation.

The cryptocurrency industry has long been waiting for the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States. Despite numerous applications submitted to the SEC in recent years, concerns over fraud and market manipulation have consistently led to rejections.

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