Galaxy Research has released a report predicting substantial financial inflows into the cryptocurrency market following the launch of a Bitcoin spot ETF. According to the report, the first year after the ETF’s approval is expected to witness an influx of $14 billion, increasing to $27 billion in the second year and reaching a staggering $39 billion in the third year.
This anticipated surge in investment is attributed to the significant impact a US-regulated spot Bitcoin ETF is expected to have on adopting BTC and cryptocurrency as a legitimate asset class. Currently, BTC investment products, including ETPs and closed-end funds, hold around 842,000 BTC, equivalent to approximately $21.7 billion.
However, these existing investment products come with numerous drawbacks, such as high fees, low liquidity, and tracking errors. Moreover, they are inaccessible to many potential investors due to their complexity and administrative burden. The report highlights that Bitcoin ETFs could provide a more convenient and efficient alternative with lower fees, increased liquidity, and improved price tracking.
A Bitcoin spot ETF would offer investors a means to obtain direct exposure to BTC without needing self-custody or complex administrative tasks. It would also meet more rigorous regulatory compliance requirements, providing transparency and reducing market volatility.
Key Factors For Bitcoin ETF Impact
The report underscores two primary factors that make a Bitcoin spot ETF crucial for market adoption: expanded accessibility and greater acceptance. Currently, the scope of BTC investment funds is limited, mainly accessible through wealth advisors and institutional platforms. As a regulated offering, a Bitcoin ETF would broaden access for both retail and affluent investors, allowing wealth management firms to direct their clients toward BTC investments.
Additionally, formal recognition and legitimacy from trusted financial brands would improve perceptions of cryptocurrencies and attract wider acceptance. Regulatory clarity would alleviate investor concerns and encourage more investment and development in the crypto industry.
The report estimates that the US wealth management industry could be the primary market for a Bitcoin ETF, potentially bringing in trillions of dollars in new investments. It predicts an addressable market of around $14 trillion in the first year post-launch, expanding to $26 trillion in the second year and $39 trillion in the third year.
Furthermore, the report suggests that Bitcoin ETFs could significantly impact the BTCUSD exchange rate. It draws a parallel with gold ETFs and their impact on the gold market and predicts a potential +6.2% price impact for Bitcoin in the first month after the ETF’s approval.
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