WisdomTree has joined a competitive race to be the first United States company to launch such a product on the local market. Other contenders include VanEck, which filed on Dec. 30, Valkyrie on Jan. 22, and Bitwise Asset Management and New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) in February. Recent rumors say investment bank giant Goldman Sachs could soon join them.
NYDIG’s U.S. application with the SEC joins others by investment firm VanEck, which filed on Dec. 30, and the Feb. 5 filing by bitcoin fund manager Valkyrie Digital Assets. The three U.S. applications are just the latest step in a years-long and so far useless battle by bitcoin proponents to launch an ETF in the U.S. But with anti-bitcoin SEC Chairman Jay Clayton replaced by a new, crypto-knowledgeable acting SEC chairman in Gary Gensler, many believe that is about to change.