BlackRock, Ark, Cut Bitcoin ETF Fees Ahead of Approval

BlackRock and Ark Investment once again reduced fees for Bitcoin ETFs ahead of the SEC’s expected approval.

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  • BlackRock and Ark Investment slash fees for proposed Bitcoin ETFs.
  • Fee cut aims to attract capital inflow. 
  • The market eagerly awaits SEC approval for ETFs, expected soon.

The anticipation surrounding the approval of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) reached a fever pitch this week. The excitement peaked when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s hacked Twitter account announced an approval, only to be retracted minutes later. In this air of anticipation, investment firms are still updating the terms of their Bitcoin ETFs. 

Most recently, Blackrock and Ark Invest announced slashing fees for their ETF products. However, the updates to their terms are less about securing the SEC’s approval and more about staying competitive after it. 

BlackRock, Ark Cut ETF Fees

On Wednesday, January 10, just ahead of the deadline for the SEC’s decisions, BlackRock (BLK.N) and Ark Investment Management amended their EFTs again. According to Reuters, both firms significantly reduced the fees for their proposed spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).


BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust, which initially proposed a fee of 0.30%, has revised it to 0.25%. Similarly, ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF has reduced its fee from 0.25% to a more competitive 0.21%. 

Furthermore, BlackRock has announced an even more aggressive pricing strategy for the first 12 months post-listing. The fee will be just 0.12% for the first $5 billion of assets in the fund, positioning BlackRock’s offering among the cheapest, alongside Bitwise Bitcoin ETF, which plans to charge 0.20% and waive the fee on the first $1 billion of assets for six months post-listing.

Escalating Fee War Among ETFs

These developments come when the financial market eagerly awaits the SEC’s decision on Bitcoin ETFs. The recent security breach on the SEC’s social media account, leading to a false announcement about ETF approvals, has only heightened the market’s anticipation and sensitivity to these developments. 

As the industry braces for the SEC’s decision, the fee cuts by BlackRock and Ark Investment Management reflect an escalating fee war among ETF providers.

On the Flipside

  • The aggressive fee reductions by giants like BlackRock and Ark could put smaller ETF providers under pressure, possibly leading to less diversity in the market as smaller players struggle to compete.
  • Despite the excitement around fee reductions, the overarching regulatory challenges for cryptocurrencies remain. 

Why This Matters

The recent developments in Bitcoin ETFs, particularly the fee reductions by industry leaders like BlackRock and Ark, are significant for investors and the broader financial market. These changes are indicative of the growing integration of cryptocurrencies into mainstream finance. 

Read more about the SEC Twitter breach: 
SEC Chair Gensler Reveals X Breach; No Approval for BTC ETFs Yet

Read more about the recent ETF updates: 
Bitcoin ETF Filings Receive Updates After Quick SEC Response

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.