The SEC punts on whether it will or won’t approve 3 new bitcoin ETFs, signaling that it isn’t prepared to regulate BTC this way just yet. | Source: Shutterstock; Edited by CCN
The bitcoin ETF offerings from VanEck, Bitwise, and United States Bitcoin and Treasury Investment have each been under consideration for months, and the SEC is pushing its decision out to the maximum amount of time permitted under federal regulations.
Why Isn’t The SEC Moving on Bitcoin ETFs?
The SEC has not given any reason for the delay on the bitcoin ETFs, nor is it required to. However, we can surmise what’s going on inside the Commission.
Ed Butowsky, Managing Partner at Chapwood Capital Investment Management, tells CCN:
“Bitcoin isn’t a security. The SEC’s definition for security requires that the thing being traded is representative of something else of underlying value. Bitcoin has no underlying value. It isn’t real.”
Lee Reiners, Director of Global Financial Markets Center at the Duke University School of Law, told the SEC that a bitcoin ETF isn’t needed. ETFs exist because the underlying assets (like corn or wheat) are neither feasible nor desirable to take possession of but rather:
“…It is easy for investors to acquire and store bitcoin because bitcoin is a digital asset”.
Reiners also said the market is loaded with fraud and manipulation and there is no true manner of price discovery because of the Wild West nature of bitcoin (as echoed by this SEC Rule Comment) as well as its volatility.