Blockchain technology can disrupt traditional financial services the way that ETFs have disturbed mutual funds, WisdomTree CEO Jonathan Steinberg said during an interview at Blockworks’ Digital Asset Summit last month.     

“I do believe that this will prove to be the next wrapper that will transform not just asset management, but all of financial services,” he noted. 

Steinberg said that current regulatory issues around crypto will have to be solved in order to mainstream the space.

Though WisdomTree currently offers several exchange traded products in Europe that invest in cryptocurrencies, it awaits approval from the SEC for its proposed bitcoin ETF in the US. 

“The SEC is starting to understand that not approving a bitcoin [exchange traded product] is forcing investors into inferior structures and it is having negative consequences,” he noted.

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  • Ben Strack is a Denver-based reporter covering macro and crypto-native funds, financial advisors, structured products, and the integration of digital assets and decentralized finance (DeFi) into traditional finance. Prior to joining Blockworks, he covered the asset management industry for Fund Intelligence and was a reporter and editor for various local newspapers on Long Island. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism. Contact Ben via email at [email protected]