Bitcoin’s (BTC) price continues to show strength this week by hitting an intra-day high at $28,516 even as macroeconomic headwinds in the United States continue to weigh on investor sentiment. It’s possible that a certain degree of BTC’s price stability can be attributed to increasing institutional activity and positive institutional investor interest in Bitcoin.

On Oct. 17, Fidelity Investments, a large asset management institution, amended its proposed spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The ETF, called the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust, updated and outlined how Fidelity plans to protect customers’ Bitcoin in custody accounts and revealed risks associated with the unstable regulatory landscape of cryptocurrencies.

Fidelity is following in the footsteps of other large institutions such as ARK Invest and Invesco, which also amended their spot Bitcoin ETF filings. ARK Invest refiled on Oct. 11, with Invesco refiling on Oct. 13.

These actions suggest an ongoing dialogue between ETF applicants and the SEC, something ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood seemed to verify this week on ETF Edge, stating:

“We responded to the SEC request for information surrounding our Bitcoin filing. The SEC chose to engage, which is a change in behavior.”

Wood’s comment, combined with Fidelity’s filing, is providing renewed optimistic sentiment on Bitcoin. Grayscale’s Bitcoin investment vehicle, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which is similar to an ETF, has reached its lowest net asset value premium discount since Dec. 9, 2021.

GBTC premium. Source: Coinglass

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Grayscale was dealt a victory against the SEC on Oct. 14, with the commission reportedly not appealing an Aug. 29 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals, which means Grayscale’s ETF will now have to be reviewed.

Despite all of the momentum, the SEC continues to delay Bitcoin ETF approval.

Certain analysts anticipate that when approval is granted, it could potentially add at least $600 billion in new demand for Bitcoin. During an Oct. 16 interview on Fox Business, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink spoke about Bitcoin after false spot BTC approval news sparked a rally.

“I think the rally is about a flight to quality, with all the issues around the Israeli war now [and] global terrorism. And I think there are more people running to a flight to quality — whether that is in Treasurys, gold or crypto, depending on how you think about it.”

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