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    Crypto FOMO is Back, and Wall Street Wants In

    victorlei

    June 26, 2023

    We’re halfway through 2023, and risky assets have had a tremendous start to the year. The tech-heavy Nasdaq index is up nearly 30% — while major crypto tokens have nearly doubled in value.

    But the entire crypto industry is watching Bitcoin — which typically leads the market up in a bull market before Ethereum ($ETH) and smaller tokens begin to rise.

    • $BTC is now up over 80% this year — even reaching a new 52-week high (but still down over 50% from its peak).
    • Last week, crypto products had their largest single week of inflows since July 2022.

    The momentum came from BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF application — which was followed by other heavy-weights like Invesco and WisdomTree. And Edelman Financial Engines’ founder expects every major asset manager to launch one if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) green-lights crypto ETFs (RIABiz).

    The theory inside crypto…

    BlackRock’s auspiciously-timed ETF application has several prominent crypto investors suspecting foul play — with one saying: “How can’t you think this entire past year was a giant inside job coordinated between the Wall Street parasites [and] government regulators so they could catch up…”

    The SEC is still suing Coinbase and Binance — but the lawsuits haven’t scared Wall Street away. Last week, a new crypto exchange, EDX Markets, launched with the backing of financial giants like Citadel Securities and Fidelity Investments — filling a void left by the fall of FTX with a more catered approach to regulations.

    • Citadel’s founder was once a public critic of the asset — and is already trading crypto on EDX.
    • BlackRock’s ETF application is also a notable U-turn from its CEO Larry Fink’s prior stance on Bitcoin.

    Watch: Cboe Digital’s president thinks traditional finance firms are the next big thing coming for crypto — but don’t forget… there’s a  Bitcoin halving coming up. Bitcoin’s 2023 move could just be the prelude to 2024.

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