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Goldman Sachs in Talks to Play Key Role in Bitcoin ETFs Introduction

Goldman Sachs in Talks to Play Key Role in Bitcoin ETFs Introduction

Goldman Sachs, one of Wall Street’s most prestigious investment banks, is reportedly in talks to take on a major role in the introduction of Bitcoin Spot ETFs that BlackRock and Grayscale plan to launch in the United States. According to sources close to the matter, Goldman Sachs may become an ‘authorized participant’ for these exchange-traded funds, a crucial function in the trillion-dollar ETF industry.

Vital Role in the ETF Ecosystem

The role of authorized participant is central to the operation of ETFs, involving the creation and redemption of ETF shares to ensure that these products trade in line with their underlying assets. If the talks succeed, Goldman Sachs would join other financial giants such as JPMorgan Chase, Jane Street, and Cantor Fitzgerald, who have recently been announced as supporting authorized participants for various Bitcoin ETF candidates in the United States.

Goldman Sachs’ potential involvement reflects the growing interest of traditional financial institutions in cryptocurrencies and their willingness to engage in the digital asset space. This pivot comes as US banks, which have historically avoided dealing directly with cryptocurrencies, are encouraged to join the Bitcoin ETF movement through the adoption of fiat-based mechanisms, seen as essential for SEC approval.

Strategic Partnerships on the Horizon

The potential partners of Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, and Grayscale, are major players in the market. BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, and Grayscale manages the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, the largest Bitcoin investment vehicle. Grayscale, in particular, has recently won a significant legal battle against the SEC, paving the way for the conversion of its Bitcoin trust into a more easily tradable ETF and has already designated market makers such as Jane Street and Virtu Financial as proposed authorized participants.

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