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Spot Bitcoin ETFs Emerge as Titans Among Commodity ETFs by AUM

Spot Bitcoin ETFs surge in commodity ETF rankings

Recent developments in the financial markets have spotlighted the emergence of spot Bitcoin ETFs as formidable players among commodity ETFs by assets under management (AUM). Mirroring the growth trajectory of digital currencies, these ETFs have swiftly climbed the ranks to stand shoulder to shoulder with the giants of the commodity world. 

Notably, Grayscale's GBTC, BlackRock's IBIT, and Fidelity's FBTC have marked their territory among the top ten, underscoring the appeal of Bitcoin as an investment commodity.

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Grayscale's GBTC leads this vanguard with a staggering $20.5 billion in AUM, securing its position as the third-largest commodity ETF, trailing only behind two gold ETFs. Close on its heels, IBIT and FBTC boast $2.8 billion and $2.5 billion in AUM, respectively, illustrating the significant capital inflow into the cryptocurrency space. 

Moreover, ARK 21Shares's ARKB and Bitwise's BITB, though not featured in the primary list, are notable mentions, ranking within the top 25 for their substantial AUM contributions.

While not universally classified as commodity ETFs within traditional listings, asset managers and the SEC have acknowledged the commodity status of Bitcoin ETFs. BlackRock and Ark Invest, for instance, designate their Bitcoin ETF offerings as part of the commodity ETF category. 

This recognition is further validated by the SEC's recent approval, with Chair Gary Gensler affirming Bitcoin ETFs as "ETPs holding [a] non-security commodity, Bitcoin," marking a pivotal moment in the acceptance and integration of cryptocurrencies within mainstream investment portfolios.