In a recent video, Andy Dufresne, the fictional character from the movie Shawshank Redemption, is seen listening to Michael Saylor endorsing Bitcoin as the “best crypto asset.” Saylor, a prominent figure in the cryptocurrency industry, asserts that there is no other cryptocurrency that can compare to Bitcoin. The scene depicts Dufresne turning up the volume on a gramophone record, allowing the entire Shawshank prison to hear and appreciate Saylor’s message about Bitcoin, taken from one of his public interviews. The accompanying tweet for the video extract states, “It’s time to break free.”
However, according to Lark Davis, there is currently a “literal fee war” taking place among various participants in the cryptocurrency market. Each participant is striving to attract as many customers as possible, leading them to reduce their fees for ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) during the first half-year or until reaching certain volume thresholds, such as $1 billion or $5 billion. This fee reduction strategy applies to companies such as BlackRock, Galaxy, and Ark Invest.
In terms of specific Bitcoin ETF fees, Fidelity has set its fee at 0.39%, WisdomTree at 0.5%, VanEck at 0.25%, and Valkyrie at 0.8%. Davis remarks that these fees are significantly lower than what the community had anticipated. These companies are expecting a surge in demand for their Bitcoin-based ETFs and are therefore striving to make their products as appealing as possible. Davis predicts that a wave of capital will flow into Bitcoin, potentially starting this week.
Last week, Bitcoin experienced a 7% drop after Matrixport, a cryptocurrency platform, published an article suggesting that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is unlikely to approve Bitcoin spot ETFs in January. The article further speculated that the approval may be delayed until later this year. As a result, traders began liquidating their positions, resulting in approximately $730 million worth of crypto assets being wiped off the market, with Bitcoin and Ethereum being the most affected.
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