U.S. SEC Delays Its Decision on Bitwise and VanEck Bitcoin ETF Application to May

Coinspeaker
U.S. SEC Delays Its Decision on Bitwise and VanEck Bitcoin ETF Application to May
The U.S. securities regulator continues to remain firm on its decision of not approving the Bitcoin ETF anytime soon. Next window for ETF decision now in May 2019.
U.S. SEC Delays Its Decision on Bitwise and VanEck Bitcoin ETF Application to May

Continue reading at Coinspeaker
Source: CoinSpeaker

Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Decision set for May, BTC Prices Up 2.3 Percent

Bitcoin prices stable but bullish
Bitwise Bitcoin ETF application decision date put off to mid-May

It will be until mid-May when the US SEC decides on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF. Like the SolidX and VanEck application, this ETF is backed by Bitcoins secured by a third party custodian. Meanwhile, Bitcoin (BTC) prices are stable inside Mar-29 high-low as bulls build momentum towards $4,500.
Bitcoin Price Analysis
Fundamentals
For the second time, the US SEC is putting off their decision on whether Bitwise Bitcoin ETF application meets their requirement and ready for investors. By doing so, the asset management firm joins a long list of applicants including VanEck, SolidX, and CBoE a joint application which the community says stand a change of getting the green lights from the US regulator.
Submitting their file in January, the San Francisco firm plans to roll out a physically backed ETF and after 45 days, the SEC was supposed to make their decision tomorrow. However, the regulator says their decision will be made public in mid-May. Bitwise Bitcoin ETF will track the performance of the world’s largest digital asset from the Bitwise Bitcoin Total Return Index. The index draws prices from trusted cryptocurrency exchanges.
Differentiating itself, their Bitcoins will be stored in a cold wallet by an institutional grade third-party custodian for security and accountability purposes. Should the fund check all the requirements then the NYSE Arca shall list the ETF will Bitwise Index Services will be tasked with producing and servicing the world’s first Bitcoin ETF approved by the strict SEC.
Candlestick Arrangement

After weeks of lower lows, this week’s performance is encouraging. Not only will it close the week on a high, adding 2.3 percent but in line with our last BTC/USD trade plan, Bitcoin prices will for the first time closed above a five-month liquidation trend line.
In a typical bullish breakout, such will encourage participation now that prices are stable above $4,000. Besides, bulls of Mar 5 are now live. This is because of  Mar 27-29 upswings thrusting prices above Mar 16. As a result, our short-term longs are valid with targets at $4,500.
Technical Indicators
Despite these encouraging gains, Feb 24 losses are conspicuous. Once there is a high volume break above $4,500 reversing this slide, risk-averse can trade can begin ramping up. Accompanying this break above should be high volumes exceeding recent averages of 6.5k, Mar 29—8k and preferably Feb 18—37k.
Chart courtesy of Trading View
The post Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Decision set for May, BTC Prices Up 2.3 Percent appeared first on NewsBTC.
Source: New feedNewsBTC.com

Bitcoin [BTC] market resolute against manipulation, claims Bitwise report; dismisses SEC’s concerns

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.
Secondly, Bitcoin can be easily transported via a computer network. Lastly, Bitcoin can be traded on an exchange, allowing users to directly view the price and employ trading strategies for the same. Furthermore, there is an absence of representatives, advisers, and consultants in the decentralized currency realm as anyone is free to trade.
It must be noted that all the exchange volume analysis is based on the figures of 10 exchanges as they record “actual volume,” according to Bitwise.  The exchanges on the list are Binance, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bitstamp, Coinbase, BitFlyer, Gemini, itBit, Bittrex, and Poloniex.
The report added,
“These unique features allow the bitcoin market to be uniquely resistant to manipulation in critical ways.”
Bitcoin: Anywhere, Anytime
Bitwise juxtaposed the ability of the top cryptocurrency to resist market manipulation to scandals that have plagued other markets over the past few years. The report highlighted four key incidents, including the LIBOR scandal of 2012, the Global Forex Scandal of 2013, the Gold Fix Scandal of 2014, and the ASIC Scandal of 2016.
In all the aforementioned scandals, the common elements were a deliberate attempt at manipulating the market by large financial institutions, resulting in heavy fines levied on the culprits.
The traits of fungibility and transportability in the virtual currency market allowed the creation of arbitrage in the market. The opportunities for investors to make a quick buck due to price disparity between exchanges was reported by Bitwise as being negligible.
Given this dominance of market participants, global liquidity can stand in the way of market manipulation, increasing the inability of the market to fall prey to any sort of voluntary change.
Bitcoin: The Distributed Market
Bitcoin’s spread of volume and “distributed market” will prevent one exchange from holding the coin’s price hostage. Of the ten exchanges considered, no one exchange had pure dominance in terms of BTC volume. Binance accounted for the highest volume, chalking up 40.47 percent, and was followed by Bitfinex and Kraken with 13.94 percent and 11.67 percent respectively.
The report concluded by saying,
“The spot bitcoin market is highly fractured amongst ten exchanges, and no exchange has a majority share. This contributes to bitcoin’s unique resistance to market manipulation, as any attempt to manipulate the market must either be coordinated synchronously across multiple exchanges or must involve a significant spike of volume on a single exchange.”
The post Bitcoin [BTC] market resolute against manipulation, claims Bitwise report; dismisses SEC’s concerns appeared first on AMBCrypto.
Source: AMB Crypto

Bitcoin [BTC] market more efficient as arbitrage on exchanges improved, says Bitwise Report

From the standpoint of investors, the cornerstone of the virtual currency market is its volatility. With price fluctuations at every corner, arbitrage-savvy investors would consider the cryptocurrency market a paradise. However, a recent report from Bitwise suggests otherwise.
The report presented to the SEC by the crypto-centric investment firm, Bitwise Asset Management, captured the arbitrage in the Bitcoin [BTC] market over the past 18 months. However, the crux of the research was the difference between actual volume and reported volume, which recorded a deviation of a whopping 95 percent.
It must be noted that the “arbitrage” in question refers to the variance in Bitcoin prices on exchanges, including Binance, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bitstamp, Coinbase, BitFlyer, Gemini, itBit, Bittrex, and Poloniex. This is because these exchanges pose “actual volume”, according to a prior study done by Bitwise.
Looking at the monthly average price deviation based on the price listed by the ten aforementioned exchanges, a consistent decline was seen in 2018. The price deviation in December 2017, when the Bitcoin bull-run began, was over 0.7 percent and since then, the deviation has not crossed 0.5 percent.
January 2018 saw the highest deviation in 2018, accounting for over 0.45 percent, which soon fell to under 0.1 percent by July. As the market went into a freefall after the Bitcoin Cash [BCH] hardfork, the deviation increased to over 0.15 percent. February 2019 saw the lowest deviation in over 15 months when a deviation of 0.05 percent was recorded.
Additionally, the average spread of the 10 exchanges varied from Coinbase Pro’s $0.01 to Bitfiniex’s $0.10, indicative of the accurate tracking between exchanges and small margin for arbitrage trading.
Bitwise cited three main reasons for the consistency in BTC prices across major exchanges. The primary reason was the launch of futures contracts by the Chicago Board Options Exchange [CBOE] and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange [CME] in December 2017. The report stated,
“[Bitcoin Futures] fundamentally transformed the bitcoin market, creating a two-sided market and easy hedging for the first time.”
The secondary reason was the surge in institutional interest, which Bitwise refers to as “institutional market makers.” Jane Street Capital, a trading firm was named by the report as a “leading market maker” entering the crypto-trading business in March 2018.
In July 2018, Europe’s largest ETF marker maker, Flow Trader, began making markets with the Swedish Bitcoin ETN. In the following months, several market makers followed Flow Traders’ lead and ventured into the crypto market. The report added,
“By summer 2018, most major market makers were either present in the bitcoin market or actively exploring the space.”
Cryptocurrency lending at the institutional level also provided immense impetus to the flattening of the arbitrage level, stated the third reason. Prior to the crypto-boom of December 2017, “modest lending” did take place but after the surge, the crypto-lending industry skyrocketed.
Bitwise cited the success of Galaxy Global Trading, a cryptocurrency lending platform, which processed over $1.11 billion in borrowings and lending in 2018 alone, with around 60 percent owing to Bitcoin [BTC]. According to the final quarterly report from the company, despite the decline in Bitcoin’s price, its loan records surged to $153 million active loans, a massive 15 percent increase from the previous quarter.
Based on the three factors presented above, the report suggests that the efficiency of the overall market in 2018 has seen a significant boost. This has allowed both retail investors and institutional investors to establish a commensurate foothold in the market. The investment firm hails this period as being a “dynamic, institutional-quality, two-sided market for the first time.”
Bitwise concluded:
“While future developments, including the proposed launch of a U.S. ETF, may be incrementally beneficial to the market, the spot bitcoin market today operates with an efficiency that matches or exceeds that of other major markets.”
Other findings of the report pointed out that the degree of difference between the Bitcoin Futures market and the Bitcoin Spot market is not as far apart as one might imagine. If adjusted rather than touted trading volume being taken into account, the BTC  Futures expressed as a percentage to their Spot equivalent rises from 1.51 percent to over 33 percent.
The post Bitcoin [BTC] market more efficient as arbitrage on exchanges improved, says Bitwise Report appeared first on AMBCrypto.
Source: AMB Crypto

Bitwise: 95% Of Reported Bitcoin Trading Volume Is Fake

Coinspeaker
Bitwise: 95% Of Reported Bitcoin Trading Volume Is Fake
While many use CoinMarketCap as a go-to resource for cryptocurrency market data, roughly 95% of Bitcoin trading volume reported by this website is fake, according to Bitwise Asset Management report.
Bitwise: 95% Of Reported Bitcoin Trading Volume Is Fake

Continue reading at Coinspeaker
Source: CoinSpeaker

Bitwise’s report to SEC suggests unregulated crypto exchanges fake 95% of Bitcoin [BTC] trading volume

Bitwise Asset management is in the news after it informed the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] that 95 percent of Bitcoin [BTC] trading volume reported by unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges were fake or non-economic in nature.
The report dated 20 March was submitted to the SEC in line with a rule change as part of their application to launch a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]. Bitwise’s proposal is yet to receive any response from the SEC.
Data for 81 exchanges recording a trading volume of more than $1 million per day were included in the study. Using exchange data from CoinMarketCap, Bitwise argued,
“Despite its widespread use, the CoinMarketCap.com data is wrong. It includes a large amount of fake and/or non-economic trading volume, thereby giving a fundamentally mistaken impression of the true size and nature of the bitcoin market.”
According to the analysis, the per day Bitcoin trading volume accounted for about $6 billion, in terms of spot markets. However, this figure is misleading, the report said. It adds,
“The vast majority of this reported volume is fake and/or non-economic wash trading.”
This “vast majority” accounts for approximately 95% of the total volume. Bitcoin’s actual market, if the wash trading is not accounted for, is lot smaller, orderly and more regulated than is actually reported.
Bitwise juxtaposed the workings of Coinbase Pro, which they deemed a “real exchange,” and CoinBene, the exchange with the highest BTC volume and deemed a “suspicious exchange.” The former reported $27 million in BTC volume on a per day basis, when compared to the $480 million daily BTC volume recorded on CoinBene.
The report compared the two exchanges’ trade printing on their respective website, web traffic and real-world footprint, suggesting that there was a lack of clarity with exchanges like CoinBene, compared to regulated ones like Coinbase Pro.
“It is surprising that an exchange claiming 18x more volume than Coinbase Pro would have a spread that is 3400x larger.”
On analyzing the hourly candlesticks of “suspicious exchanges,” Bitwise noted that the arrangement and sizes were fairly consistent and hence, did not depict real-time activity. The report cited the example of CHAOEX, which poses an average daily volume of $70 million and indicates a monotonic chart i.e. showing identical volume valuations every hour of the day.
“This volume pattern is insensitive to price movements, news, waking hours, weekends, or other real world factors.”
Despite the false trading volumes, the Bitcoin market “was uniquely resistant to market manipulation,” the report said.  It argued that the market was structured in such a way that outlier coins and unregulated exchanges cannot exert unnecessary control on the collective coin market.
“We have demonstrated that the bitcoin market is an extremely well-arbitraged market, with a proven ability to ignore outlier prices, and that both the fundamental market structure and our specific NAV calculation methodology provide unique protections against potential efforts to manipulate that market.”
Coincidentally, the Bitwise report comes in the same week as a report from The Tie, which stated that some exchanges faked trading volume to attract users to their platform. The main culprits here were BitMAX, LBank, BW, and ZBG. According to the findings, the expected volume of these exchanges was less than 1 percent of their reported volumes.
Several cryptocurrency proponents praised Bitwise’s report and its findings. Anthony Pompliano, the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Morgan Creek Digital stated,
“This report is really important. Please read it.
I couldn’t be more proud to be an investor in @HHorsley @Matt_Hougan @teddyfuse @martha_shear and @BitwiseInvest today”
Jeremy Allaire, the Co-founder and CEO of Circle stated that a report like this was an important precursor for the crypto-market to go mainstream,
“Great work from @BitwiseInvest helping the market understand what’s real and what’s fake. If we want crypto capital markets to go mainstream we need data investors can believe in.”
Tushar Jain, the Managing Partner at MultiCoinCap suggested action against CoinMarketCap,
“This excellent research from Bitwise shows how @CoinMarketCap is completely (and perhaps deliberately) misleading users on exchange volumes. This atrocious behavior from CoinMarketCap deserves some attention from law enforcement.”
The post Bitwise’s report to SEC suggests unregulated crypto exchanges fake 95% of Bitcoin [BTC] trading volume appeared first on AMBCrypto.
Source: AMB Crypto

Trust Only These Ten Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Warns Bitwise Asset Management

Reports of cryptocurrency Exchanges faking trading volume by wash trading have become rampant in the Financial market. What was once perceived to be something based on only suspicion and allegations is now coming out with documented proof.

Bitwise: Actual volume of trading is only $273 million
Recently, TIE had released a report of its independent analysis of discrepancies found in the reported trading volume of exchanges. Furthermore, according to TIE’s research 75% of the Exchanges reported fake trading volume data. However, according to the new report by Bitwise Asset Management, the actual percentage is 90%. Both of them used a different approach but seemed to have reached a similar conclusion.
List of ‘Trusted’ Cryptocurrency Exchanges According To Bitwise
The research parameter for Bitwise Asset Management was ‘trading volume’ data with respect to the amount of Bitcoins held in the exchanges. On comparing the data from several Exchanges, the report found authentic similarities in only ten Exchanges. They also found that nine out of the ten Exchanges have procured the required regulatory licenses. Binance Exchange was the exception out of the 10.
The other nine exchanges that reported authentic trading volume as per the report are BitFinex, BitFlyer, BitStamp, Bittrex, Coinbase Pro, Gemini, itBit, Kraken, and Poloniex.

14/ Other good news when you focus in on the exchanges with real volume: 9 of the 10 are regulated by FinCEN as Money Service Businesses and 5 of the 10 by NYDFS under the BitLicense. pic.twitter.com/uoTmpk8zFC
— Bitwise (@BitwiseInvest) March 22, 2019

 What does it Mean for the Cryptocurrency Markets?

The total volume of trading is an independent factor that does not contribute to the ‘circulating supply’ nor the price. Hence, the total market capitalization is not directly affected by the reported trading volume. However, exaggerated reports of daily volume could affect market sentiments negatively.
The technique used to exaggerate the volume data of exchanges is ‘wash trading.’ By faking their data, the Exchanges are successfully able to climb the rankings on Exchange list according to trading volume. Furthermore, the rankings earn them customers and a heavy coin listing fees as well.
The fake reported data on Exchanges is also a factor behind SEC’s reluctance to pass an ETF based on Bitcoin or altcoins. The regulatory bodies around the world will most likely crack down on the exchanges and weed out the fake data. Nevertheless, the road towards progress is steady and comparable to the current traditional asset like ‘Leveraged ETF.’

20/ We hugely appreciate the SEC being careful with their review of bitcoin ETFs & digging into the detail. Leveraged ETFs took 6 years for approval. Actively managed ETFs nearly 6 years as well. The 5+ year bitcoin journey is not atypical. It's necessary for investor protection.
— Bitwise (@BitwiseInvest) March 22, 2019

What are your views on reported fake volumes data? If it’s true, what steps must the crypto-community take? 
The post Trust Only These Ten Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Warns Bitwise Asset Management appeared first on Coingape.
Source: CoinGape

The SEC Could Approve the First Bitcoin ETF in 2019

CoinSpeaker
The SEC Could Approve the First Bitcoin ETF in 2019
Professional crypto trader and writer Bill Adams takes a look the biggest developments in the Bitcoin ETF saga, unveiling the chances for eventual ETFs approval in 2019.
The SEC Could Approve the First Bitcoin ETF in 2019

Continue reading at Coinspeaker
Source: CoinSpeaker

US Counsel Hints Bitwise & VanEck bitcoin ETF proposals On SEC’s Way

Bitcoin ETF, the very hot topic since late 2018 is on way to SEC’s final decision. According to the latest SEC’s announcement and the tweet by Jake Chervinsky who serves as Defense Counsel in the U.S hints that SEC’s decision for pending Bitwise and VanEck Bitcoin ETF is near – the countdown begins.
To remind, the VanEck Bitcoin ETF was filed in conjunction with CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) and resubmitted to SEC with few amendments in late Jan 2019. On the other hand, the Bitwise Asset Management’s ETF was filed with NYSE Arca and published the proposal in the Federal Register on Feb 15, 2019. However, SEC didn’t respond to any ETF yet, in fact, it had asked to withdraw ‘Reality Shares’ its ‘partial-bitcoin ETF’ a day after submission.
Furthermore, in the history of ETF until today, there’s no definite decision from SEC – but this time, the team has recently announced via ‘Federal Register’ that ‘BitWise and VanEck’ ETF proposals are under review. Means that on Feb 20, 2019, SEC announced that initial decision on ETF is on way and they have also initiated ‘countdown of 45 days’ to decide – whether the approval, rejection or extension.

In a similar regard, Jake Chervinsky – who quite often shares the status on SEC’s decision towards important crypto assets and proposals including ETFs – took to Twitter, notifying the sequel update as ‘the clock is running on ETF proposals’. His tweet goes as follows;

The clock is running on the new Bitwise & VanEck bitcoin ETF proposals. The SEC's current deadlines are April 1 for Bitwise & April 6 for VanEck.
Remember, the SEC can & likely will delay up to three times. The absolute final deadlines to watch are October 13 & 18 respectively.
— Jake Chervinsky (@jchervinsky) February 20, 2019

Counting the initial 45 days after the proposal formally published in the ‘Federal Register on Feb 20, the response would be expected to reveal after March 13. Furthermore, the US SEC would take another three weeks (ie. Expected April 5) to announce its decision. Notably, Jake clarified the SEC’s current deadlines for Bitwise is April 1 and for VanEck is April 6.
At the moment, any comment from both the firm is still not made public – stay tuned with Coingape to know more what would likely happen with ETF before the SEC finally revealed its decision.
The post US Counsel Hints Bitwise & VanEck bitcoin ETF proposals On SEC’s Way appeared first on Coingape.
Source: CoinGape

SEC could include Bitwise’s Bitcoin ETF in federal registers; proposal under review for approval

Since the turn of 2019, the SEC has been prominently involved in the sphere of cryptocurrencies with certain institutions reaching out for Bitcoin ETF approvals. To add to this, the recent remarks made by former SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr, that it was only a matter of time before a Bitcoin ETF gets approval, has stirred a lot of attention towards the independent US government federal agency.
According to reports, the US Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] have initiated the process of considering a rule change for listing the Bitcoin ETF proposal submitted by Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca on February 11.
The proposal itself was published in the Federal Register on 15 February, which leaves the authorized personnel with 45 days to make the initial decision to approve, reject or further extend the proposal, even though the SEC will, in total, have a duration of 240 days to make the final decision on whether to approve or disapprove the proposal.
The Bitcoin ETF application was first put forward by Bitwise Asset Management in January 2019, but it could not get published in the Federal Register due to the US government shutdown. However, there has been a new turn of events now, as the proposal is now under review by the SEC.
According to the initial registration statement, the ETF would track the Bitwise Bitcoin Total Return Index, which takes the value of Bitcoin and any meaningful hard forks into account.
Moreover, what’s unique about Bitwise’s Bitcoin ETF is that the company wants its fund to be supported with spot prices from exchanges and physically settled futures contracts. This is different from any other BTC ETF that was proposed before, as previous ETFs were supported with cash-settled contracts.
According to the initial formal statement, the Bitwise ETF would track the Bitcoin Total Return Index, which will take the value of Bitcoin, and further significant hard forks into consideration.
Moreover, the company’s BTC ETF would want their fund to be supported with spot prices from exchanges and physically settle future contracts. This sets the company’s ETF apart from the earlier BTC ETFs that were put forward and supported with cash-settled contracts.
Bitwise’s global head of Exchange-Traded Funds, John Hyland, painted an optimistic image and seemed hopeful that the SEC will approve their Bitcoin ETF.
He stated,
“While there can be no assurance that the 19b-4 application will be granted or the SEC will review and ultimately accelerate the registration statement, we are optimistic that 2019 should be the year that a bitcoin ETF launches.”
The SEC has in the past turned down its approval for several Bitcoin ETF proposals. However, since SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr’s statement, Hester Peirce, another commissioner at the SEC has come forward and offered optimism about the eventual approval of a Bitcoin ETF.
The news around Bitcoin ETFs have invited a lot of attention from crypto enthusiasts around the world who hope that a successful ETF will lead to an event which will help take the virtual currency out from the current bearish trend.
The post SEC could include Bitwise’s Bitcoin ETF in federal registers; proposal under review for approval appeared first on AMBCrypto.
Source: AMB Crypto

SEC Could Approve the First Bitcoin ETF in Next 45 Days as Review Process Begins

Well, after all the wait and drama surrounding the Bitcoin ETF, the US SEC has finally announced that it is beginning the process of reviewing Bitcoin ETF applications again and has picked up the Bitwise application for initial review.
SEC publishes Bitwise proposal in Fed Register on Feb 15
Are we in sight of a Bitcoin ETF? Well, there is every possibility as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it is moving forward with its process for the ETF approval and beginning to review the Bitcoin ETF rule change proposal filed by NYSE Arca and Bitwise Asset Management on Feb. 11. The proposal itself was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 15, starting the countdown of 45 days which SEC has to make its initial decision on whether to approve, reject or extend the proposal.
Even though NYSE Arca and Bitwise had filed the application at the start of 2019, there was no way ahead because of the US government shutdown. But all seemed to back on track now as the Federal Register has been amended on February 15th, 2019 marks the start of the much-awaited process.
The process of approval is still lengthy and has several roadblocks, Bitwise Bitcoin ETF has generated quite a lot of hype of being different which could get a nod from the SEC. The proposed ETF gets its valuation from physically settled Bitcoin futures contracts, something that has never been proposed before.
Bitwise’s global head of Exchange-Traded Funds John Hyland remains hopeful that the SEC will approve their Bitcoin ETF. His confidence is clearly visible when he was quoted saying
“While there can be no assurance that the 19b-4 application will be granted or the SEC will review and ultimately accelerate the registration statement, we are optimistic that 2019 should be the year that a bitcoin ETF launches.”
Bitwise was recently founded in 2017 and is headquartered in San Francisco. The firm’s team is made up of professionals with decades of asset management experience. Some of the firm’s members come from backgrounds such as Facebook, Wealthfront, BlackRock, NYLife Investments, IndexIQ, US Commodity Funds, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and ETF.com.
The company has also pioneered the first cryptocurrency index fund and is the leading provider of rules-based exposure to the crypto asset space. Together, the firm features 4 best-in-class crypto indexes: Bitwise 10 Large Cap, Bitwise 20 Mid Cap, Bitwise 70 Small Cap, and Bitwise 100 Total Market. While many firms have attempted this previously, Bitwise has meticulously designed to follow a clear-set rule base that takes various factors into account
Will Bitwise ETF find the holy grail and be the first US SEC approved Bitcoin ETF? Do let us know your views on the same.
The post SEC Could Approve the First Bitcoin ETF in Next 45 Days as Review Process Begins appeared first on Coingape.
Source: CoinGape

Bitcoin ETF is Just a Matter of Time, Says Prominent Wall Street Advisor Ric Edelman

CoinSpeaker

Bitcoin ETF is Just a Matter of Time, Says Prominent Wall Street Advisor Ric Edelman

According to Ric Edelman, the founder of Edelman Financial Engines, ETFs will eventually meet the demands of the SEC and get the Commission’s approval.

Bitcoin ETF is Just a Matter of Time, Says Prominent Wall Street Advisor Ric Edelman

Continue reading at Coinspeaker
Source: CoinSpeaker

NYSE Arca Files a Request to Rule Changes Seeking for Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Approval

CoinSpeaker

NYSE Arca Files a Request to Rule Changes Seeking for Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Approval

NYSE Arca has completed the official documentation for the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF which is now pending the review of the SEC for further decision.

NYSE Arca Files a Request to Rule Changes Seeking for Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Approval

Continue reading at Coinspeaker
Source: CoinSpeaker

Majority of US Investors are Waiting for Crypto ETFs, Bitwise’s Latest Survey Reveals

CoinSpeaker

Majority of US Investors are Waiting for Crypto ETFs, Bitwise’s Latest Survey Reveals

While crypto industry has dreamed of a Bitcoin ETF since at least 2013, and crypto companies were pushing it hard to get an approval, the SEC hasn’t given green light to any yet. What Bitwise explained is that the SEC are not against crypro ETFs at all.

Majority of US Investors are Waiting for Crypto ETFs, Bitwise’s Latest Survey Reveals

Continue reading at Coinspeaker
Source: CoinSpeaker

SEC is not Against Crypto ETF – Bitwise Explains

Over the past couple of years, SEC has been ruthless in delaying and denying the Bitcoin ETF. But still the latest entrant in this race of Bitcoin ETF, Bitwise Asset Management feels SEC is not Anti Crypto but it usually takes time to approve the “first” ETF in every category that has appeared in front of it.
SEC wants to be absolutely sure before it gives investors access to crypto markets
Contributing to Anthony Pompliano’s blog, the team at Bitwise Asset Management have given some fantastic insights on SEC and it’s the regulators thought process on the Bitcoin ETF. Bitwise also gives some views on how the industry is anticipating the Bitcoin ETF and whether there is a need of one.
According to the post, the biggest misconception that the industry today is encountering while discussing the outlook for a crypto ETF is the belief that the SEC is fundamentally anti-crypto. The major reason for such a view for SEC comes from the fact that the regulator has had multiple delays in approving the first Bitcoin ETF. But if one looks at the history the every “first” in the ETF industry had to wait for multiple years before crossing the line. Bitwise list downs the “firsts” and the time each one has taken to cross it. It took

More than six years between the first filing for a leveraged ETF and the first SEC approval;
Nearly six years between the publication of the SEC’s first “conceptual release” on actively managed ETFs and the approval of the first active ETF;
Nine years between the launch of the first ETF and the launch of the first fixed-income ETF, despite significant efforts in the interim.

Even the relative faster approvals that came in for innovation, like self-indexing and commodities, it still took quite some time for the approvals to come in. According to the post
“The fastest major “first” may have been gold bullion, as it took “only” two years from idea to launch of the first U.S.-listed gold bullion ETF (ticker: GLD). That speed, however, had a cost: According to the Wall Street Journal, the World Gold Council spent $14 million developing the fund. Not to mention that gold is an asset that’s been around for thousands of years, or that a gold bullion ETF launched first in Australia.”
Looking at the facts that Bitwise has put forward, it looks like SEC may delay but will surely approve Bitcoin ETF, but only ones its queries are sorted and it has enough confidence that the investor interest is protected in this process.
When do think the first Bitcoin ETF will finally be approved? Do let us know your views on the same.
The post SEC is not Against Crypto ETF – Bitwise Explains appeared first on Coingape.
Source: CoinGape