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Vanguard CEO to retire – Will the firm change its anti-BTC ETF stance?

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Will Greg Davis’ appointment alter Vanguard’s ETF approach?

Vanguard CEO to retire - Will the firm change its anti-BTC ETF stance now?

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In a recent turn of events, Vanguard issued a statement revealing that Tim Buckley, the long-standing Chairperson and CEO, will retire by the close of 2024 after more than thirty years in his role. 

With Buckley’s impending departure, attention has shifted among analysts and investors towards scrutinizing Vanguard’s stance on subjects such as Bitcoin ETFs

The announcement precipitated the appointment of Greg Davis, the current Chief Investment Officer, as the incoming President of Vanguard, signaling a new direction for the company under his leadership.

Vanguard’s critical stance on ETFs

Under Buckley’s leadership, Vanguard solidified its position as a key player in the investment management sector. However, Buckley’s approach also saw Vanguard adopt a cautious stance towards cryptocurrency investments.

While other financial giants like BlackRock and Fidelity embraced cryptocurrency ETFs, Vanguard opted to stay on the sidelines. 

Remarking on the same in early January, Vanguard stated,

“Spot Bitcoin ETFs will not be available for purchase on the Vanguard platform.” 

This decision underscored Vanguard’s commitment to traditional investment avenues, staying true to its enduring principles.

They further elaborated, 

“Our long-standing view is that cryptocurrencies’ extreme volatility runs counter to our mission of assisting investors earn positive real returns over the long term. This includes ETFs and other crypto-related products.”

Would things change with Greg? 

Tim Buckley’s retirement has stirred speculation about whether Vanguard might reconsider its stance on Bitcoin ETFs. Bloomberg analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart suggested that Buckley’s leadership leaned towards traditional strategies.

“Buckley’s had one of the best runs of any asset manager CEO ever.”

This highlighted that Greg Davis’ appointment could signal a shift, possibly towards a more receptive approach to cryptocurrency investments.

In conclusion, Vanguard’s ETF, $VOO, remains a dominant force in traditional investments, showcasing the firm’s resilience in the market.

Despite its conservative approach to cryptocurrency, Seyffart’s insights on Twitter indicate that $VOO continues to outshine competing Bitcoin ETFs, reaffirming Vanguard’s strength in the ETF landscape.

As Greg Davis assumes the dual roles of President and CIO, investors keenly await any potential shifts in Vanguard’s strategy.



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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