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Bitcoin, Ethereum in ‘ETF wrapper’ – Here’s what Coinbase’s CFO has to say

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The Coinbase exec discusses how ETFs are reshaping crypto markets and propelling Bitcoin to new heights.

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  • ETFs reshape cryptocurrency, propelling Bitcoin to surpass previous all-time highs.
  • Clear regulations are needed for Ethereum to protect consumers and stabilize markets.

The Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have revolutionized the cryptocurrency landscape, particularly for Bitcoin. These ETFs, combined with other external factors, have tossed Bitcoin’s price to surpass its previous all-time high.

However, the market’s anticipation of Ethereum ETF approval, coupled with signs of potential rejection from the SEC, has led to uncertainty and market fluctuations.

In a recent interview with the Fortune, Alesia Haas, Coinbase’s CFO and a veteran of the finance industry, noted, 

“What I love about looking at these price cycles is that every peak is higher than its last peak. And every trough is higher than the last trough.”

Linking the Bitcoin rally to the spot ETFs, Haas, noted, 

“Previously, a lot of investment advisors couldn’t access Bitcoin because of their investment mandates. Now they can buy Bitcoin in an ETF wrapper, and so it opens up new available capital.” 

The link between Bitcoin and Ethereum 

Further drawing a parallel between Bitcoin [BTC] and Ethereum [ETH], Haas highlighted the unique functions each fulfills. According to Haas, Bitcoin acts as a store of value, while Ethereum serves as the platform for decentralized applications. 

She elaborated,

“But you’re starting to see differentiation because people are choosing Ethereum, and it is increasingly going to change depending on developer activity and user activity of that platform.” 

In light of the SEC’s position on Ethereum not being deemed a security Haas emphasized the importance of clear federal regulations in the U.S. to protect consumers, stabilize markets, and offer guidance for platforms like Coinbase. 

Remarking on the same she noted, 

“It’s so critical to get regulatory clarity so we can have a clear, equitable, applied regulatory framework that will protect consumers and ensure responsible markets—and also protect businesses like Coinbase, so we know how we can bring compliant products to the market and continue innovation here in America.”

Final thoughts 

Hence, the recent cryptocurrency surge mirrors past bull markets, with increased engagement and volatility. Elevated activity, net inflows, and higher trading volumes signify renewed interest in cryptocurrencies.

With significant inflows into ETFs and a soaring market cap, cryptocurrencies are back in the spotlight. This resurgence reflects renewed enthusiasm from customers, highlighting a comeback for the asset class.



Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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