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As the world of crypto braces for a potential regulatory nod from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in favor of a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF), Peter Schiff, a notable crypto critic, has voiced a dissenting opinion.

Schiff projected a grim future for Bitcoin, especially in the event of a spot ETF approval. His comments come at a time when the crypto community is abuzz with expectations of a boost in institutional investor interest in Bitcoin.

Economist Spells Gloom For Bitcoin

In a recent post on X, Schiff expressed his skepticism, suggesting that the speculative buzz around the US.-listed ETF directly investing in Bitcoin has been “inflating” the crypto’s value.

This view aligns with Bitcoin’s price trend, which saw an uptick in late last year, following a false report about the approval of BlackRock’s pending spot ETF application. While crypto enthusiasts view the potential spot ETF approval as a gateway for traditional investors into the crypto market, Schiff’s outlook starkly contrasts this sentiment.

Be careful what you wish for. The promise of a U.S. listed spot #BitcoinETF has been supporting the #Bitcoin price and speculative demand for years. Once the ETFs are launched and the highly anticipated institutional and other new investor demand does not show up, look out below!

— Peter Schiff (@PeterSchiff) January 2, 2024

Community Clashes With Schiff’s Pessimism

Peter Schiff’s statements have not gone unchallenged in the crypto community. On X, his posts have attracted critical responses, with users questioning the basis of his bearish predictions. One X user, known as Bloxpert, directly asked Schiff for examples of ETF launches that led to bearish outcomes.

Schiff, in response, questioned the necessity of a Bitcoin ETF, arguing that since Bitcoin can be bought and stored independently, an ETF seems redundant. He implicitly downplayed the need for such financial products in the crypto space, concluding: “You might as well just own a gold ETF.”

Well there is really no need for a Bitcoin ETF, as you can buy and store Bitcoin yourself for free. What’s the point of owning it in an ETF anyway? You might as well just own a gold ETF.

— Peter Schiff (@PeterSchiff) January 2, 2024

Despite Schiff’s bearish outlook, a significant portion of the crypto community and many experts remain optimistic. For instance, James Butterfill, head of research at CoinShares, sees the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the US as a transformative event for the digital asset market.

Butterfill suggests that an investment increase of 20% from current assets under management could push Bitcoin prices to around $80,000. Such predictions stand in stark contrast to Schiff’s views, reflecting the diverse opinions and expectations surrounding Bitcoin’s future in the wake of potential regulatory changes.

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