As Expected, SEC Delays VanEck Bitcoin ETF Decision Until February 27
The Securities and Exchange Commission delayed making a decision on VanEck’s bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund) application until February 27, 2019. The postponement was largely expected, as 2018 draws to a close amid the ongoing crypto bear market.
“The Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider this proposed rule change,” the SEC announced in a December 6 statement.
VanEck Remains ‘Cautiously Optimistic’
“It’s fairly certain to us that America wants a bitcoin ETF,” Gurbacs told Cheddar. “We think that we’ve met all market structure obstacles and requirements on pricing, custody, valuation, and safekeeping, so we are cautiously optimistic.”
— Brad Smith (@thebradsmith) December 6, 2018
The SEC has been understandably strict so far. In August 2018, the agency rejected 9 bitcoin ETF applications, citing the applicants’ failure to demonstrate how they could prevent fraud and market manipulation.
In June 2018 and again in March 2017, the SEC rejected the bitcoin ETF applications submitted by the Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron. Despite the setbacks, the Winklevoss twins — the founders of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini — remain confident that approval is forthcoming.
BlackRock Waiting Until Crypto Is ‘Legitimate’
“I wouldn’t say never — when it’s legitimate, yes,” Fink said. “It will ultimately have to be backed by a government. I don’t sense that any government will allow that unless they have a sense of where that money’s going.”
— CCN (@CryptoCoinsNews) November 1, 2018
Fink said he’s concerned about the potential for scams, money-laundering, and tax evasion because the crypto industry is decentralized, anonymous, and largely unregulated.
Nasdaq to Launch Bitcoin Futures In Early-2019
Gabor Gurbacs said the companies will launch a number of bitcoin derivatives in early-2019, including a “regulated crypto 2.0 futures-type contract.”
Nasdaq has been working with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to make sure it complies fully with any regulatory issues the country’s main swaps regulator has.
@Nasdaq and VanEck’s @MVISIndices announces #index #partnership and intention to bring to market transparent, regulated and surveilled #DigitalAssets products, such as #Bitcoin futures contracts. More info to come. Share & follow us. #crypto #futures #SMARTS #ConsensusInvest pic.twitter.com/Q2oCZx4pp1
— Gabor Gurbacs (@gaborgurbacs) November 27, 2018
Similarly, Gurbacs said VanEck “ran a few extra miles working with the CFTC to bring about new standards for custody and surveillance.”
The CFTC, which regulates bitcoin as a commodity, has so far approved just two crypto futures products: one from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and another from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).
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