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Jason Choi (@mrjasonchoi) goes deep into the technology and economics behind crypto projects to dissect trends and themes in a global context.

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Jul 19, 2023

Recently, we have a few asset managers, including some of the largest in the world like Blackrock apply to create Bitcoin spot ETFs in the United States. This sparked a lot of speculation about whether this could herald institutional adoption of crypto and kickstart a bull market.

Today, we have Ram Ahluwalia, CEO of Lumida and previous Head of Crypto & Digital Assets at Cross River, a crypto-friendly bank to share with us:

  • Implications of BTC ETF on markets

  • Odds of SEC approval

  • Reasons for previous rejections

  • And more!

Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.



(00:00:00) – Introduction to BTC ETFs

(00:03:10) – Importance of Spot BTC ETF

(00:06:52) – SEC’s reason for rejecting BTC ETFs

(00:13:57) – SEC’s stance on Crypto

(00:17:30) – Why BlackRock is applying for BTC ETF now

(00:21:38) – Larry Fink’s agenda 

(00:28:38) – Need for clearer guidance

(00:32:44) – Likelihood of ETF approval

(00:35:11) – Past applications vs Now

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