Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein on Tuesday made a public call for the approval of spot Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) options, emphasizing the importance of developing a robust market for these options.
What Happened: In a post shared on X, formerly Twitter, Sonnenshein expressed his views, stating, “… I think it’s never been more important … to advocate for the development of a robust listed options market for spot Bitcoin ETFs.”
He pointed out that while Grayscale’s GBTC (OTC: GBTC) has been publicly available since 2015, it lacked listed options due to the limitations of the over-the-counter Market.
Sonnenshein also argued for equal treatment of similar financial products.
He wrote, “The same way bitcoin futures ETFs and spot bitcoin ETFs should (and now are) treated the same, so too should listed options on these products.”
This statement comes as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and other national securities exchanges have filed submissions to permit options trading on commodity-based ETFs, including Grayscale’s GBTC fund.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is currently reviewing these applications.
Sonnenshein noted the disparity in approval processes, mentioning that while Bitcoin futures ETF options received quick automatic approval, spot Bitcoin ETF options are subjected to a more prolonged process, akin to the approval of each underlying fund.
Highlighting the benefits of options, Sonnenshein stated, “Options are good for investors.”
He elaborated that options facilitate price discovery, improve market navigation, and generate income for both retail and institutional investors.
Why It Matters: Speaking with Benzinga, blockchain developer Lukas Kranjc said Bitcoin and Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) ETFs, in the long run, will bring much more credibility to cryptos, and decrease volatility as institutions will have longer time preferences when holding the underlying assets.
“While Ethereum ETFs are already in the works, it is fair to say this won’t stop here. We will see more crypto ETFs over the next 3-5 years,” he said.
What’s Next: The SEC is presently processing various applications for spot Bitcoin ETFs.
The agency began soliciting…