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American Banks Offer Bitcoin ETFs to Wealthy Clients!

Fri 01 Mar 2024 ▪ 3 min of reading ▪ by Eddy S.
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While cryptocurrencies were still met with a lot of skepticism just a few years ago, 2024 marks a turning point in their adoption by traditional financial institutions. Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo, two of the largest American banks, are now beginning to offer Bitcoin ETFs to their wealthiest clients. 

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Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Adopt Bitcoin ETFs

This year, Merrill Lynch, the wealth management division of Bank of America, has started to offer its clients the opportunity to invest in Bitcoin ETFs. These funds replicate the performance of the leading cryptocurrency and allow exposure to BTC without having to hold it directly. 

Wells Fargo, for its part, is now allowing its affluent private clients to invest in Bitcoin ETFs through dedicated companies. This historic bank is thus following the example of other institutions that have paved the way for these investments in recent years.

These initiatives reflect the growing interest of traditional banks in crypto assets, even though some of them were initially hostile to it. They are paving the way for the arrival of a new category of institutional investors in this market.

Record Investments in Bitcoin ETFs

This growing interest is reflected in the amounts invested in Bitcoin ETFs by this clientele of ultra-high-net-worth individuals. On February 21, 2024, alone, these funds attracted $673 million in investments in a single day. This is an all-time high since the creation of these ETFs.

In total, more than $5 billion have been injected into Bitcoin ETFs in the month of February 2024 alone. The cumulative capitalization of these BTC-indexed funds now exceeds $70 billion. 

These record investments come in a context of a rebound in the Bitcoin price. Indeed, the cryptocurrency has seen a significant rise since the start of the year, surpassing the $50,000 mark again at the beginning of February 2024. Its price is now over $61,000. This has rekindled investor interest in this market.

The arrival of Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, and other traditional institutions demonstrates the maturation of the crypto market. The investment of record sums in Bitcoin ETFs by their wealthiest clients foreshadows a massive adoption by mainstream investors in the coming years. As regulation becomes clearer, cryptocurrencies are quietly taking their place in the dominant financial landscape.

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Eddy S.

Le monde évolue et l'adaptation est la meilleure arme pour survivre dans cet univers ondoyant. Community manager crypto à la base, je m'intéresse à tout ce qui touche de près ou de loin à la blockchain et ses dérivés. Dans l'optique de partager mon expérience et de faire connaître un domaine qui me passionne, rien de mieux que de rédiger des articles informatifs et décontractés à la fois.


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