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Bitcoin ETFs: How Will BlackRock Balance Fees With Market Dominance?

Amidst the competition, the financial community is abuzz with speculation about the fees BlackRock may set for its potential Bitcoin Spot ETF.

As the decision date for a bitcoin spot ETF approaches, the cryptocurrency community and the broader financial community are speculating about the potential fees BlackRock could charge. The investor community is digging into the “biggest unknowns” after Bloomberg Senior Analyst Eric Balchunas published an article on X.Antminer

Balchunas guessed a fee of 0.47% and invited others to share their predictions.

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Barry Ritholtz, CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, said the 0.35% fee is competitive for BlackRock. He doesn’t think Vanguard is in that fee range. Nonetheless, he noted that BlackRock would dominate the space if it set its fees as low as 0.25%. Balchunas responded that BlackRock would probably charge 0.40% to 0.60% because they intend to generate a lot of revenue.

On a lighter note, a user named Maximilian humorously speculated on a fee of 0.42069%, to which Balchunas replied that BlackRock doesn’t usually make adjustments to their fee structure.

The broader context includes competition from other firms. Fidelity’s S-1 filing shows a competitive fee structure of 0.39%, the lowest level before Invesco Galaxy entered the picture, which took an aggressive approach by waiving fees for the first six months and the first $5 billion in assets.

BlackRock: a threat to democracy?

The FT emphasizes that BlackRock’s dominance of the U.S. exchange-traded fund market is waning.

The paper recently cited Morningstar data directly, noting that Vanguard and smaller firms in the space are stiff competition for BlackRock.

As of November, BlackRock’s iShares reportedly managed about 32% of the U.S. ETF market, down from 33.7% at the end of 2022 and down sharply from 39% at the end of 2018. BTC Asic Miner

As Bryan Armour, director of passive research at Morningstar, points out , BlackRock’s iShares are designed to cater to a broad market, while Vanguard focuses on stocks and bonds, capitalizing on its reputation for low-cost, broad-based strategies. This strategic difference could be a key factor in the growing ETF market, and Bitcoin could become one of its players.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders, a member of the Democratic Party, has emphasized the enormous influence of BlackRock and a number of other powerful firms as a potential risk to democracy. In a post on X, the US politician emphasized that BlackRock, Vanguard Group and State Street Bank manage a staggering $20.7 trillion in assets. In addition, he pointed out that they hold large stakes and are major investors in 95% of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.



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