Third time’s the attraction? ARK and 21Shares once more file with SEC for Bitcoin ETF

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Cathie Wooden’s ARK Make investments and European crypto funding agency 21Shares are seemingly unperturbed by the cryptocurrency regulatory surroundings in the US, once more requesting approval for a Bitcoin (BTC)-based monetary product.

On April 25, the 2 corporations requested that the U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC) approve the creation of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) regardless of being rejected twice earlier than.

The 2 corporations first utilized to create their spot Bitcoin ETF on June 28, 2021, which was later rejected by the SEC in April 2022. The regulator stated the product didn’t meet the necessities of itemizing a monetary product beneath its guidelines of follow in addition to these of the Alternate Act.

The pair filed one other request for a second time in Might 2022, an utility the SEC rejected once more on Jan. 26 this yr.

An ETF permits buyers publicity to a specific asset with out really proudly owning the underlying monetary product. A spot Bitcoin ETF permits buyers to achieve oblique publicity to the cryptocurrency with shares that monitor BTC’s worth in real-time with out really holding Bitcoin.

Whereas the SEC has authorized various Bitcoin Futures ETFs — that expose consumers to the potential future worth of BTC — it has to date rejected each utility for a spot Bitcoin ETF citing difficulties with “defending buyers and the general public curiosity” towards fraud and manipulation.

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In keeping with ETF analysts from Bloomberg, it appears possible {that a} spot Bitcoin ETF might change into a actuality within the U.S. halfway by means of this yr.

Crypto conglomerate Digital Forex Group (DCG) is at present looking for to transform its flagship Grayscale Bitcoin Funding Belief (GBTC) right into a spot Bitcoin ETF and has sued the SEC for rejecting its proposal.

Grayscale chief authorized officer Craig Salm stated in a tweet on Jan. 12, “The case is transferring swiftly. Whereas timing is unsure, oral arguments could also be as quickly as Q2 [2023].”

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