Pros and Cons : BTC ETF

The web3 community has not seen the kind of excitement and joie de vivre for a long time – but it came on the day when BTC ETF was expected to get approval from the SEC

Now that you have heard and read all the enthusiasm. Don’t you think it is about time that you know a tad bit more about what the heck is the bitcoin etf and its implications on you, as a user, builder and the overall industry as a whole?

So, this one is for just that

Now what is a btc etf.

A Bitcoin ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund) is a type of investment fund that tracks the price of Bitcoin and is traded on traditional stock exchanges. It allows investors to invest in Bitcoin without actually owning the cryptocurrency itself.

So, now that you know what it is, here are the pros and the cons from the perspective of someone who has been around for a while on this phenomenon.

I am a bit of a pro-con gal, myself, so that is exactly what I have done, here – a simple breakdown, to help you assimilate this better.

For users – Pros : 

  • Security and Convenience: Bitcoin ETFs offer a secure way to invest in Bitcoin without worrying about wallet security or complex crypto exchanges. It can be tedious to get by the KYC or the use decentralised exchanges and this is a relatively easy way to go about diversifying the portfolio.
  • Familiarity and Accessibility: They are ideal for investors new to cryptocurrencies, as they don’t require in-depth knowledge of digital currencies, wallets, blockchain, etc. It is simple, efficient.
  • Tax Efficiency: Certain Bitcoin ETFs, like those regulated by the SEC, can be part of pension schemes and offer tax benefits, as well and this is stuff that professionals understand, so there is no confusion around that aspect, as well. Again, efficient.

Cons :

  • Costs and Fees: ETFs might be more expensive than buying crypto directly due to ongoing management fees. So, when you are hiring a wealth manager or getting a mutual fund or index to help with your portfolio, there is an extra charge and that is exactly the case, with ETFs, as well.
  • Lack of Direct Bitcoin Ownership: Investors in Bitcoin ETFs don’t own the actual Bitcoin, which goes against the decentralized ethos of cryptocurrencies. You do not own the individual shares in the index or Mutual Fund, likewise, in the ETF, you do not own the bitcoin.

For the Industry:


  • Increased Investment and Legitimacy: The approval is expected to bring more investment into the crypto space, increasing its legitimacy and potentially leading to more stability. It is all about being a part of the big boys’ club- and this is the gateway to exactly, that.
  • Market Diversification: Bitcoin ETFs provide a new asset class for traditional investors, allowing diversification of their investment portfolios. This is an easy way to include BTC in your investment portfolio.


  • Potential Market Inaccuracy: ETF prices might not reflect real-time fluctuations in the Bitcoin market. Unlike the crypto market, the traditional markets shut down, for a while – and this means a discrepancy might enter the prices until it corrects itself.
  • Limited Trading Options: ETFs track the price of Bitcoin only and can’t be traded for other cryptocurrencies, limiting trading flexibility. One crypto can be exchanged for another- if a relevant pair exists, else you add another step- but that cannot happen in this space.

For Builders:


  • Broader Market Adoption: Approval of Bitcoin ETFs can lead to wider acceptance and use of cryptocurrencies, opening up new opportunities for builders in the crypto space.  Now, your kins who were looking at you with skepticism, would perhaps, not look at you the next Games Stop.
  • Innovation Opportunities- The introduction of Bitcoin ETFs may encourage innovation in financial products and services related to cryptocurrencies. More legitimacy can create more used cases on which builders can build.


  • Regulatory Challenges: Navigating the regulatory environment for new crypto-related products could become more complex as the SEC’s involvement in the crypto market increases. Big con, but one that we already expected, more red-tapism, more rules.
  • Market Competition: The entry of traditional financial players into the crypto space could increase competition for crypto-native companies and builders. Experience meeting innovation, perhaps?

The SEC’s approval of Bitcoin ETFs marks a significant shift in the cryptocurrency landscape, bringing both opportunities and challenges across different sectors.

I hope this blog post gives you an idea of the consequences and subsequent impact that this would have on the ecosystem and the market.

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