The purists in the traditional financial market realm have always believed that Bitcoin [BTC] can be controlled via a powerful computer network. A recent Bitwise report has, however, calmed allegations that the Bitcoin market is prone to market manipulation.
The report filed by Bitwise Asset Management was presented before the US Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], in line with their recent application for a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund [ETF].
Market manipulation within the crypto-market has always been of concern to the SEC. The regulatory body in subsection 5 of Section 6(b) of the Exchange Act states that exchanges “are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade.” The SEC often cited this subsection while referring to the volatile industry as being prone to frauds and scams.
Bitwise gave two arguments to satisfy the SEC Exchange Act of 1934, namely, unique resistance against manipulation/fraud, and a surveillance sharing agreement with a regulated market of a certain size. The investment firm, based on historical cases, added that the regulated surveillance-sharing reason was of “primary consideration”.
The report claimed,
“That the bitcoin market is protective against manipulation, and critically, that there is a significant, regulated and surveilled market for bitcoin futures.”
Bitcoin: The Commodity
In their defense of the top cryptocurrency’s lack of susceptibility to market manipulation, Bitwise claimed that “Bitcoin is the first digital commodity in the history of the world.” Here, it should be noted that the report hails Bitcoin as a “commodity,” and not as an “asset”.
Bitwise drew three core divergences in the character of Bitcoin to other commodities. Firstly, Bitcoin is fungible, meaning that the cryptocurrency was constant, irrespective of location, unlike natural commodities like gold.