How Crypto Custodian Firms will Form New Age Banks Under the SEC Guidelines: Analyst

Recently, the SEC in the US released a new set of guidelines on 8th July 2019, specifically for cryptocurrencies service providers. The SEC regulations have kept the start-ups under a lot of doubts for the current guidelines have failed to cover cryptocurrencies.
According to their new press release, the SEC will view custody arrangements and non-custodial arrangements differently. Furthermore, it has also allowed for the inclusion of non-custodial service firms to operate in the US. This is a positive move for start-ups like P2P platforms, payment facilitators, and OTC desks.
Caitlin Long, from the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force – a state-sponsored Task Force, established for blockchain development, reviewed the new rules and shared here analysis for the future of Crypto Custody Firms.
The pending ETF proposal, along with several other trading applications and Exchanges require the firms to act as custodians of the cryptocurrencies. Hence, Caitlin thinks that
“SEC’s new guidance would have been a bummer for the #crypto custody industry were it not for #Wyoming‘s new #SPDI law”
The State of Wyoming in the Western part of the United States has enacted several laws related to blockchain earlier this year, making it the only state which provides a comprehensive legal framework for entities engaging with cryptocurrencies.
The ‘Custody Rule & Customer Protection Rule’ set up by the SEC is to protect the traders and investors against all possible threats to their investments. The Crypto Custody firms have so far established themselves as Trusts; however, they are still failing to meet the SEC guidelines.
here’s the definition of “bank” under the Exchange Act–state-chartered banks work here, but trust cos don’t. So…#Wyoming is where #digitalsecurities custodians (& #crypto custodians more broadly) are likely to set up shop, using our new #SPDI law. Come check us out!
Definition of a bank according to the SEC (Source)
SPDI is an abbreviation for ‘Special purpose depository institutions,’ these are essentially banks that act as custodians but do not engage in any kind of lending or leveraging activities. The inclusion of such services within the Financial Industry is imperative because it will help prosper ‘hard money’ over an interest rate and inflation driven economy that is expected to doom. Many experts have suggested that the current financial system is failing, and cryptocurrency is a hedge against that.
Caitlin also predicted that in a tweet that Trust companies in the US like Gemini, Grayscale, and so on will probably end up being banks to facilitate crypto trading and custody. She tweeted,
set up trust companies (NY, SC, NV) will prob end up converting to a #Wyoming #SPDI so they can meet certain #SEC rqmts simply by nature of being a bank (such as good control location, among others). We knew the #SEC has a preference for banks over trust cos as #crypto…
Therefore, it might not be long before the actual ‘crypto-banks’ start competing in the Financial Services industry.
What do you think the existing banks will do to shun the competition? Please share your views with us. 
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Cyberattacks and Technology Risks take top spot on cryptocurrency industry concern

The cryptocurrency industry is muddled in a web of financial and technical intricacies, bound together by the principled opposition to the centralized currency of the sovereign behemoths. Decentralized currency is the brainchild of a continuously developing technology-centric world, and, according to its adherents, the biggest risk to the cryptocurrency world emanates from the same. According […]
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Crypto Industry Reacts to Yet Another VanEck Solid X Bitcoin ETF Delay

A Bitcoin exchange-traded fund or ETF, has become a running joke across the cryptocurrency industry, with each new proposal set forth by various financial industry firms repeatedly rejected or delayed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
The entire market of crypto investors were watching and waiting to see if today’s deadline for VanEck and Solid X’s proposal for a Bitcoin-based ETF would be rejected or approved, or delayed once again. As many expected, the deadline for the proposal has once again been extended by the SEC, further delaying a decision on if an ETF will be approved eventually.
Bitcoin ETF Delayed Once Again, Crypto Industry Yawns At Non-Event News
The potential of a Bitcoin ETF has reared its head quite a few times in recent years. The most recent Bitcoin ETF speculation took the price of Bitcoin towards $10,000 in late July as a proposal put forth by Gemini co-founders Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss.
Related Reading | Why The Next Bitcoin Bull Run Could Eclipse The Last Crypto Bubble 
The proposal was rejected, and the price of Bitcoin fell once again towards $6,000. Around that time, a proposal for a VanEck and Solid X Bitcoin ETF also reached its deadline with the SEC, but the proposal was delayed again and again. Each delay or rejection caused the price of Bitcoin to crash throughout the 2018 bear market.

VanEck Bitcoin ETF delayed. No surprise. https://t.co/MQgAXAtaYg
— Felipe (@PhilCrypto77) May 20, 2019

A government shut down put the proposal – which is said to have the best chance of being approved out of all of the different proposals out there – on ice for some time, but the review resumed weeks ago, and was targeting a May 20 deadline for a decision.

JUST IN: SEC delays decision, issues request for public comment on whether to approve or disapprove VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust (PDF) https://t.co/7ub6NM82le
— The Block (@TheBlock__) May 20, 2019

Today has come and gone, but the SEC has once again chosen to delay the proposal set forth by VanEck and Solid X. According to The Block, the SEC has also issued a request for public comment on whether or not the US financial watchdog should approve or disapprove the proposal.

ETF delayed (As expected)Don't think it'll impact the price a whole lot.That said I'm generally hoping & positioned for lower since yesterday.This would be a nice excuse to fill bids lower.
Generally a buying opportunity, not a reason to panic. https://t.co/mn8hqtm9g4
— DonAlt (@CryptoDonAlt) May 20, 2019

While in the past, such news would cause a sharp selloff, the price of Bitcoin has since risen following the news circulating. Also, now that the news had made its way across the cryptosphere, industry analysts and experts are all weighing in on the news that turned out to be a non-event.

VanEck ETF delayed as expected. Non-event.https://t.co/3VCdFpAYCS
— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) May 20, 2019

Bitcoin has shown much resilience in recent weeks, also shaking off a hack of Binance and the worst Tether FUD to hit the industry yet without as much as a scratch. Instead, the price of Bitcoin continues to climb along the parabolic curve that began with the April rally.

As expected, the SEC has delayed the VanEck bitcoin ETF proposal. Read the order here: https://t.co/OB3TBgVGwg.
VanEck's new deadline is August 19. The SEC can & likely will delay one more time for a final deadline of October 18.
Looks like this ended up the right explanation: https://t.co/bkzeVRt1Hg
— Jake Chervinsky (@jchervinsky) May 20, 2019

The VanEck and Solid X Bitcoin ETF deadline has since been rescheduled for August 19, and has until one more final deadline of October 18 it can push its decision off until.
Will a decision finally be made?

Waiting for a Bitcoin ETF like pic.twitter.com/b5TdyuWCDR
— Crypto Bobby (@crypto_bobby) May 20, 2019

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Crypto Market Wrap: Bitcoin Steady Before ETF Ruling, What’s Expected?

Crypto markets holding onto gains; Bitcoin back at $8,000 prior to anticipated bitcoin ETF ruling, BCH and XRP gaining slowly, Dash pumping. 
Market Wrap
Crypto markets have held on to their weekend gains as Bitcoin remains buoyant. The correction that never was ended in early Sunday trading when BTC surged back towards $8,000. Today market capitalization remains close to $250 billion but a big regulatory decision due tomorrow could create some big moves soon.
Bitcoin revisited its 2019 high of $8,250 a few hours ago. BTC sharply pulled back to just above $7,900 after hitting resistance but has since regained composure and climbed back up to $8k, trading marginally higher than the same time yesterday.
Ethereum is flat and remains just above $250 where it was this time yesterday. ETH has also held on to recent gains but has not seen the doubling in price that its big brother managed since early April.
There is very little movement in the top ten at the time of writing. Only XRP and Bitcoin Cash have added a couple of percent to trade at $0.40 and $408 respectively. The rest are unchanged aside from Cardano which has pulled back marginally.
The top twenty has more red than green during Asian trading this morning. Only Dash is pumping as 10 percent takes it to $165. South Korean markets are getting the majority of Dash trade at the moment as Bithumb is top exchange. Monero has made 3 percent but the rest are in decline.
FOMO: NEXT Spikes into Top 100
Today’s fomo is going to NEXT which has entered the top one hundred with a 45 percent pump. The South Korean exchange Coinbit exchange is creating the fomo for NET. Japan Content Token is also getting a 40 percent spike as it too enters the big 100. These two relatively obscure altcoins are the only ones pumping at the moment.
At the messy end of the table is Decred dumping ten percent today. Digibyte and Crypto.com’s MCO are also sliding with a loss of over 7 percent each.
Total market capitalization 24 hours. Coinmarketcap.com
Total market capitalization is currently at $248 billion which is marginally higher than the same time yesterday. It did reach a high of $257 billion when Bitcoin hit resistance but has since pulled back slightly. There is growing concern that the imminent SEC decision for the VanEck ETF could cause prices to plummet. The regulator is due to decide on approval of the long awaited fund tomorrow but the most likely outcome is another delay.
Market Wrap is a section that takes a daily look at the top cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals.
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SEC Commissioner ‘Optimistic’ About Bitcoin ETF, But Delay of VanEck Proposal Most Likely

A Bitcoin ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) approval would enable the US market to predict and trade on Bitcoin prices without actually having to buy and sell Bitcoin [BTC]. The fund would track the price of the underlying asset, which can be Bitcoin alone or a basket of assets including other cryptocurrencies or other equities, bonds or commodities as well.
The Securities Exchange Commission is the regulatory authority that approves or denies a specific request to launch a new ETF on the market. There are more than nine Bitcoin ETF applications pending with the SEC. Moreover, the SEC also received a new crypto-basked (Bitcoin and Ethereum) based ETF application.
Reportedly, the total capital of the US ETF market is about $5 trillion. Even if 1% of the trading moves to Bitcoin, it will effectively increase the market capitalization of Bitcoin alone by $50 billion.
Industry Experts Weigh SEC Options
Jake Chervinsky, an Attorney at Kobe and Kim LLP. had noted on May 17, 2019, that,
“The SEC delayed the Bitwise bitcoin ETF two days ago but still hasn’t made a decision on VanEck. This is unusual: the SEC would normally handle both ETFs at once. The VanEck deadline is next Tuesday. I still think the delay is overwhelmingly likely, but the timing has me curious.”
Also Read: SEC is not Against Crypto ETF – Bitwise Explains
The comments are likely to get the hopes high for any Bitcoin bull. However, according to the filing dates, the deadline for Bitwise was on 16th May, while the deadline for the re-applied Van Eck proposal in 21st May.
The VanEck proposal was withdrawn and re-submitted by the firm itself on 20 February 2019. The deadline for which was a 45-day period which ends on 21st May 2019.
Furthermore, in a recent interview with Ran Neuner from CNBC fast money, Hector Pirce, the SEC Commissioner hinted at a further delay. She said,
“I am still optimistic. Don’t hold your breath. Market manipulation are issues that get a lots of attention at the SEC.”
Hence, the positive outcome for bulls would be a delay in the approval over a complete rejection.
Jake Chervinsky also predicted that there is a 75% probability that the proposal will be delayed and 0.1% probability of an approval. He said in a recent tweet,
“In the past, the SEC has typically bundled together all of its decisions on pending bitcoin ETFs & announced them on the same day… To be fair, the fact that the SEC delayed Bitwise & stayed silent on VanEck could mean nothing at all. He went on to say that, “Bitcoin has been very volatile recently & investigations related to fraud & manipulation have ramped up (like NYAG & Bitfinex). The SEC has no reason or incentive to come out in favor of bitcoin in this environment.”
Also Read: SEC Delays Bitcoin ETF Yet Again, Will It Hinder the Expected Bull Run?
The Bitcoin ETF proposal has been pending the markets for six years since its first application. The SEC has denied and delayed, and all of them until now. Nevertheless, a denial or delay is unlikely to dampen market spirits.
What are the chances of approval according to you? Please share your views with us. 
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XRP Price Up by 17%; German Exchange Releases Ripple [XRP] and Litecoin based ETNs

XRP gained 17% on a daily scale on 14th May 2019 as the price tested yearly highs above $0.3700 at $0.378.
Moreover, XRP was the only the altcoin currently trading in the green w.r.t. Bitcoin [BTC]. The price of XRP at 4: 20 Hours UTC on 14th May 2019 is 0.3702.
The majority of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin [BTC] has gained more than 100% since the beginning of the year. However, XRP had been trading in the red since the beginning of the year. The price held the support and resistance level near $0.30-0.31 for quite some time before making a move upwards. The total market capitalization of XRP broke above $15 Billion as it continues to rank third in w.r.t. total MCap.
XRP/USD 1-Day Chart on Bitstamp (TradingView)
Borse Stuttguard Lists XRP and Litecoin ETN
Reportedly, Germany’s second largest exchange, Borse Stuttguard, listed two crypto-based ETNs or Exchange Traded Notes. The ETNs will enable the traders to bet on the price of LTC and XRP as the ETN is made available on the Exchange from 13th May. The Exchange can be made in Sweden Krona (SEK) and EUR.
Furthermore, Europe has been ahead of the rest of the world as earlier this year, SIX, the Swiss-based exchange also launched an XRP-based ETP.
The price of Litecoin [LTC] has been trading above 90$. However, it is on par with the rise on other altcoins at 6.02% on a daily scale.
The rise in the price of XRP can also be attributed to Bitcoin’s bull run and the lower trading price of XRP over the last couple of months. The trading in XRP had been in a small range of around $0.30 for quite some time.
Nevertheless, the price is now looking to gain positive momentum of Bitcoin. Moreover, the last alt-season was initiated by XRP. The room of growth in XRP in tremendous according to past highs.
You might also like: Ripple (XRP) Price Prediction: x3 ($1.0) by the end of 2019?
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Exclusive: Bitcoin [BTC] doesn’t care about the Bitcoin ETF, etoro’s Mati Greenspan

Bitcoin [BTC] and its tryst with the US Securities and Exchange Commission is set to climax with the imminent discussion regarding the hotly anticipated ETF, which has everyone in the community on the edge of their seats. Or does it? Some are not swayed by this publicly traded BTC product, stating that it will have little impact on the overarching goal of decentralized currency.
Mati Greenspan, the senior market analyst at eToro, is of this opinion. In an exclusive interview with AMBCrypto, the acclaimed markets analyst chided the ETF stating:
“The idea of the SEC approving a Bitcoin ETF is basically saying that the government is going to approve something that the banks made. I don’t think Bitcoin cares very much about that.”
Speaking initially about the Bitwise Asset Management report submitted to the SEC with reference to their ETF proposal, Greenspan stated that it addressed two key points. Firstly, it shed light on “market manipulation,” and “wash trading,” which the members of the SEC have voiced their concerns regarding. Last month, the chairman of the SEC, Jay Clayton stated he was on the fence regarding the ETF stating the above reasons.
Additionally, the firm also tabled a new method to calculate Net Asset Value [NAV] based on the figures of ten cryptocurrency exchanges reporting “real volumes.”
In light of this report and, in particular, the two key points highlighted by Bitwise, Greenspan added that the proposal has “a good shot” of approval by the SEC. He further added that, after the change in the SEC members, many are “more bullish on crypto.”
Despite the next ETF hearing set for May 19, 2019, Greenspan was fairly certain that the same will be delayed yet again by the SEC. His expectation was echoed by Jake Chervinsky, a member of the securities litigation team at Kobre & Kim who stated, back in March:
“The SEC’s *final* deadlines will be October 13 and October 18, 2019.”
If the ETF is approved by the SEC, it would open “larger crypto investments” allowing hedge fund managers to enter the space. However, in Greenspan’s opinion, this would only add to Bitcoin as an investment vehicle, as these managers will not “try to figure out what cold storage is,” and will only enter for the price volatility. He stated:
“Basically, having an ETF, is another vehicle that they can invest in Bitcoin, in an easy way.”
He added that a “significant impact in the price” could manifest by the approval or rejection of a Bitcoin ETF, however, he cautioned stating that this will affect the market “only for a short period of time.”
The Bitcoin ETF would “go a long way to providing liquidity” to many players in the market, but are just another channel to access Bitcoin’s investment capabilities and these products are not “built on actual Bitcoin,” stated Greenspan. He described Bakkt service as “incredibly positive,” especially their plans of a credit card linked to a “Bitcoin account.”
Overall, these developments will help the case of “adoption” and Wall Street see an increase in volume by a trillion dollars, or so, but the goal of Bitcoin will always remain to become a ubiquitous, universal, censorship-resistant global money, and this will not change concluded Greenspan.
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SEC Taking Time to Approve Bitcoin ETF Makes “Perfect Sense” Says Bitwise, Even Gold Took a While

2,500 of the world’s foremost investment professional descended on Hollywood this week to talk exchange-traded funds (ETFs). While much of the discussion between the who’s who on Wall Street was centered around traditional vehicles, talk surrounding Bitcoin (BTC)  and cryptocurrency products came to light.
In an interview with CNBC’s Bob Pisani, a leading representative of the cryptocurrency space expressed optimism towards the launch of a product, which could thaw BTC out of a price crash-induced cold snap.
Related Reading: Bitcoin ETF Approval Could Ease EU Regulators Concerns About Crypto
SEC Is Coming To Understand Crypto’s Issues
Bitwise Asset Management CEO Hunter Horsley, a guest on CNBC’s segment, first noted that by many, if not most measures (save for price), 2018 was a solid year for crypto’s facets. Horsley remarked that while token values plummeted, in “everything you can wish for,” strides were made, especially in terms of market structure and participation. He drew attention to Fidelity’s up-and-coming custody product, CME’s and CBOE’s futures, along with participation from university endowments, Facebook, and Samsung to give his point some credence.
So, he concluded that cryptocurrencies as an asset class are in their “most viable” state ever. That led Horsley to his next point, as he remarked that considering the market conditions, a crypto-linked ETF could be the logical next step.

Fun chatting with CNBC’s @BobPisani at #InsideETFs today. We spoke about the @BitwiseInvest @NYSE Bitcoin ETF filing and the state of the crypto market coming out of 2018. https://t.co/H8u8FAoAjO
— Hunter Horsley (@HHorsley) February 12, 2019

First, the Bitwise C-suite member remarked that his firm’s S-1 application, filed just weeks ago, will be reviewed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March.
Then, when questioned by the CNBC anchor regarding the SEC’s apparent fears of market manipulation, a byproduct of nascent, overseas-based markets, and custody, Horsley responded with confidence.
The former Facebook and Instagram product manager explained that from his firm’s point of view, the SEC has “a lot more understanding in place” regarding the state of cryptocurrency markets. And while “the numbers you see on various crypto-related websites [often] aren’t accurate,” Horsley pointed out that a fleshed-out comprehension of the industry’s inner workings is what truly matters. Concluding his comments on the SEC’s role in the Bitcoin ETF realm on an optimistic note, the industry heavyweight stated:
“Leverage ETFs took five years. Actively-managed ETFs took six or seven years. Even gold, which has been around for thousands of years and had a product in Australia, took three years from S-1 to initial launch. And I think that the fact that the SEC has taken a couple of years to get comfortable with [cryptocurrencies] makes complete sense. It’s not that they are anti-crypto, but they’re pro-investor.”
The Bitwise chief executive’s hopeful comments come just a day after Ric Edelman, a well-respected American investor with decades in the business, quipped that the launch of Bitcoin ETF has an inevitability. Per previous reports from this very outlet, Edelman, a world-renowned financial services guru, noted that trading of a cryptocurrency product on U.S. markets is a matter of “when,” not “if.”

Like Horsley, the Philadelphia-based investors explained that the regulatory incumbents with jurisdiction over digital assets are slowly coming to terms with the state of this embryonic space.
The Importance Of A Bitcoin ETF
In response to a query from CNBC host Pisani regarding the potential impact that a crypto fund would have on the ecosystem, Horsley noted that for a vast number of investors, an ETF would be an “enabling moment,” whereas thousands, if not millions of consumers would suddenly be enticed to make a proper foray into the Bitcoin realm.
While Horsley seems to be in agreement with the theory that a publicly-traded cryptocurrency fund could be the greatest thing to ever happen to this ecosystem, some have politely refuted this thought process.
Just yesterday, Alec “RhythmTrader” Ziupsyns noted that if Square, a fintech upstart headed by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, integrates the Lightning Network, the effect on the market would be larger than a Bitcoin ETF and Bakkt combined.

Even Anthony Pompliano noted that there’s a fleeting chance that the eventual launch of a Bitcoin ETF could not turn out as some expect, as the hype surrounding such a product could be overstated. In an interview with BlockTV conducted in January, the Morgan Creek Digital co-founder postulated that if BTC didn’t run off the SEC’s approval of an ETF, investors’ psyche would likely be damaged en-masse, potentially hurting this industry’s long-term potential.
Anyhow, the overwhelming majority have stuck with the idea that when a Bitcoin ETF finally comes to market, this industry will see interest from millions of consumers once again, as barriers to entry get wiped away once the SEC gives a green light.
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Wall Street Crypto Advocate Says Bitcoin ETF Is A Matter Of When: What’s Behind the Confidence?

All eyes may be on the QuadrigaCX imbroglio, but talk regarding the implications that a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) could propose have continued. This isn’t without reason. Since the Winklevoss Twins effectively started the race for a publicly-traded crypto fund, deemed a “paradigm-shifting” product by post, the subject matter has plagued the front pages of crypto’s media outlets.
Anecdotally, it has been said that the launch of such an investment opportunity could be the rocket booster that could take this industry to the proverbial ‘moon’. While discussions about crypto-backed ETF are often imbued with an overarching sense of uncertainty and disbelief, a leading pro-crypto Wall Street investor claims that such a vehicle is “virtually certain” to eventually come into existence.
Related Reading: No One Needs A Bitcoin ETF & Bakkt, BTC Already Is Money: Crypto Investor
Launch Of A Bitcoin ETF Is “Virtually Certain”
This optimistic comment came by the way of Ric Edelman’s appearance on CNBC’s “ETF Edge” segment. Edelman, who runs a preeminent financial services company that shares his surname, told the financial outlet that there an inevitability to a Bitcoin ETF, in spite of the current market concerns and conditions.
Speaking with Bob Pisani, the Philadelphia native explained that a Bitcoin-backed product making it through the hoops the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) throws at it is a question of “when,” rather than “if.” Edelman did laud the SEC’s efforts to keep this nascent sector clean though, likely referencing the fears of manipulation, a lack of liquidity, insufficient custodial offerings, and minimal market surveillance mediums.

Waiting on a #bitcoin ETF? @ricedelman says it's an inevitability. https://t.co/WGxnMOvoEy
— CNBC's ETF Edge (@ETFEdgeCNBC) February 11, 2019

Yet, the Edelman Financial Services chairman commented that he’s confident that eventually, innovators in this space will push proper solutions to combat the SEC’s harrowing concerns. He even noted that moves to leave the financial regulator’s worries in the dust have already begun to come to fruition.
In response to a question regarding custody, Edelman name-dropped Fidelity, explaining that the Wall Street powerhouse is nearing the launch of its digital asset-centric platform. Case in point, just a week ago, the Boston-based institution revealed that it will launch its crypto custody product in a few months, potentially by some time in March. The American investor also lauded Kingdom Trust, along with a “number of other very serious players” in the custody field. He even noted that in “very short order,” VanEck and its partners should be able to satisfy the SEC’s qualms, effectively explaining that the SEC’s custody box has been ticked.
He added that from a fundamental point of view, institutional demand for solving crypto’s issue only accentuates that there is capital, human resources, and energy backing a Bitcoin ETF. Thus, the investor concluded that:
“Eventually we will see a bitcoin ETF and it’s at that stage that I will be much more comfortable recommending that ordinary investors participate.”
Edelman’s pro-crypto ETF comments come as another hopeful has joined the fray. According to a document filed to the SEC on Monday, Eric Ervin’s Reality Shares, a crypto-centric investment services provider, a semi-Bitcoin ETF is seeking to launch on NYSE Arc. 15% of the fund’s assets will be allocated towards CBOE and/or CME Bitcoin futures, while the remaining will be left for sovereign debt instruments denominated in fiat currencies like the British Pound, Japanese Yen, Swiss Francs, along with money market mutual funds.
While the product will only have a maximum 15% allocation into Bitcoin futures, some claim that this unique feature should allow the product to get a noticeable foothold in the SEC’s chambers.
Pent-Up Demand For Crypto Investment Still Present
While the incessant stream of applications may create a cause for concern that this yet-to-launch market is already oversaturated, this could be far from the case.

Per previous reports from NewsBTC, a survey conducted by Bitwise Asset Management, a San Francisco-headquartered crypto investment services provider, revealed that 35% of 150 financial advisors based in the U.S. would advise their clients to purchase cryptocurrencies if an ETF saw a launch.
Tom Lydon, the head editor at ETFTrends.com, echoed this sentiment in an interview with CNBC. Lydon noted that 74% of the advisors his outlet has interviewed have talked to their clients regarding a Bitcoin investment, yet few have gone through with a bonafide allocation. But with this launch of an ETF, an allocation would become that much easier to procure.
It is more than clear that there is demand for such a form of investment, but will the SEC bite?
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Yet Another Bitcoin ETF submitted to SEC, But Mixed With Sovereign Debt and Bitcoin Futures

Submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on February 11, new bitcoin ETF by a subsidiary of Blockforce Capital is a new move. The newly filed proposal is called ‘Reality Shares Blockforce Global Currency Strategy ETF ’ which contains both – the sovereign debt instruments as well as Bitcoin futures.
ETF Beyond Bitcoin Futures
Reality Shares ETF is primarily a subsidiary of Blockforce capital, a US-based crypto firm. On Monday, the firm has filed a registration form with SEC to list its new ETF on NYSE Arca. According to the new proposal, the fund ’s portfolio involves futures traded on Cboe future exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. On top of these, it also includes sovereign debts and money market mutual funds.
The registration form reads that;
“The Fund expects to obtain exposure to Bitcoin Futures by investing up to 25% of its total assets, as measured at the end of every quarter of the Fund’s taxable year, in a wholly-owned and controlled Cayman Islands subsidiary. However, the Adviser will seek to limit the Subsidiary’s investment in Bitcoin Futures, so the Fund’s aggregate notional exposure to Bitcoin Futures is limited to 15% of the Fund’s net assets at the time of investment.”

Furthermore, the filing explains that out of 25 percent of its total assets, it would limit 15 percent of notional exposure to BTC allocation and on the other hand, 10 percent would be allocated to money market instruments.
15 [percent] of the Fund’s net assets representing notional exposure in Bitcoin Futures and (iii) 10 [percent] of the Fund’s net assets in Money Market Instruments for margin and/or cash management purposes, each as measured at the time of purchase (the ‘Target Portfolio’).”
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XRP Will Soon Hit on Abra Platform to Buy Stocks & ETFs – CEO Confirms

In the chaos of purchasing stocks and ETFs using Bitcoins on Abra Global platform, crypto enthusiasts seek company’s plan on XRP as native currency. Responding to one such question, Abra CEO hints ‘Yes’ but didn’t confirm the date.
Yes for XRP on Abra
Reported by Coingape, Abra crypto platform will soon offer users an ability to purchase stocks of largest companies including shares of Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix using Bitcoin. Alongside the stocks, they can also place the order for Exchange traded funds (ETFs) via Bitcoin. As soon as the announcement rolled, it crazes million crypto users globally – and as such, those who love XRP couldn’t spend a second to approach the company’s CEO for native XRP option on Abra.
Bill Barhydt, CEO of Abra Crypto platform hints;

Yes for xrp noexact date
— Bill Barhydt (@billbarhydt) February 6, 2019

While Abra plans to add XRP, it is quite interesting to wait until the official date of native XRP adoption revealed. To note, the price of XRP is quite relaxing at press time. As per the data from coinmarketap, the second largest, cryptocurrency XRP gains 0.21 percent over the past 24hrs. Specifically, the average market cap of XRP counts $12,033,151,526, trading with the value $0.29 at the time of writing.

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Abra’s Trading App Lets You Buy Apple & Facebook’s Stock Using Bitcoin 

Well, a quite interesting aspect around cryptocurrency is here. Abra, one of the bitcoin exchange and wallet service provider is enabling its global investors to purchase shares and ETF (Electronic Traded Funds) with Bitcoin.
Traditional Stocks with Cryptocurrency
Launched in the year 2015, Abra is likely a ‘game changer’ in present crypto market. As per the press release published on Feb 06, 2019, the platform calls out the early registration for worldwide investors across 155 countries. Accordingly, 50 new traditional investment assets are set to open for early investors with zero fees.

Big News: #Stock and #ETF #investing coming to Abra 🚀 Sign up now for early access to secure $0 fees for 2019.
Available in 155 countriesFractional investing w/$5 minimumsPrivate and secure
Welcome to the #futureofinvesting, built on #Bitcoin! https://t.co/rvixGS74el
— Abra (@AbraGlobal) February 6, 2019

Abra is the first of its kind in the world to offer such service, enabling more cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. Bill Barhydt, the CEO of Abra notes that;
We’re going to start with popular US stocks and ETFs and add more global assets in the coming months. Of course, all of the great features for investing in cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies remain fully integrated as well
Abra’s all in one platform to access stocks, fiat, crypto, and ETF contain the stock from major companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Google. On top of all commodities like SPDR Gold Trust, shares of ETFs like Vanguard Growth and the S&P 500. Besides this, Indexes like the Russell 2000 by keeping Bitcoin at the core.
The Abra platform is a lot more exciting for investors related to the large unbanked populations wherein it’s quite difficult to access the US stock market. Similarly, Caitlin Long, a Wall Street veteran says;

This is HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All #bitcoin-based!!!!!! Kudos to @billbarhydt & team for lassoing traditional financial assets into Bitcoin, instead of trying to pigeonhole Bitcoin into the status quo—as so many other #crypto companies are doing. Best wishes for tremendous success! https://t.co/ZXs0lhqs8Z
— Caitlin Long 🔑 (@CaitlinLong_) February 6, 2019

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Why VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF Withdrawal Was Actually Good for Crypto Industry

Bitcoin fell by more than 80% in the past twelve months. The overly impressive bull run of 2017, which led the digital currency value to the peak of $20,000, followed a whole bearish year whereby the price crashed to lows near $3,000. Lack of institutional investors and strict regulations, analysts believed, was one of the primary reasons behind the bitcoin crash.
No ETF in Q1 2019
Bulls hoped 2019 to be a year of bitcoin correction when some of the biggest financial companies announced products for its market. Fidelity, a $2.5 trillion worth asset management firm, for instance, launched bitcoin custodian and trading services. Goldman Sachs, a banking giant, also confirmed that it would begin bitcoin futures trading.
But exchange-traded funds remained to be the most exciting bitcoin product for bulls. Analysts believed that the launch of a regulated Bitcoin ETF would attract billions of dollars in investments. Traders expected that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US securities regulator, would approve the world’s first Bitcoin ETF by February 28. The sentiment allowed Bitcoin price to float above its newfound bottom above $3,000.
But, in a surprising turn of events, VanEck, the firm that had sought SEC’s approval to trade Bitcoin ETF on the CBOE exchange, withdrew its application on Wednesday.
US Govt Shutdown Or?
According to VanEck, it is the ongoing partial government shutdown in the US that led them to withdraw their Bitcoin ETF filing. SEC had already delayed its decision on the VanEck’s filing twice in 2018. Before that, the commission had rejected nine ETF applications citing concerns related to Bitcoin market manipulation. But now, with 90% of its staff furloughed, the commission had more reasons to either delay or reject the VanEck’s ETF filing.
“The SEC is affected by the shutdown… we were engaged in discussions with the SEC about the bitcoin-related issues, custody, market manipulation, prices, and that had to stop. And so, instead of trying to slip through or something, we just had the application pulled and we will re-file and re-engage in the discussions when the SEC gets going again,” Jan van Eck, the chief executive of VanEck, told CNBC.
Jake Chervinsky, a crypto believer and a securities laws expert in the US government, believed that VanEck had more reasons to withdraw their Bitcoin ETF application. He said that the US firm expected that SEC would reject their filing. And, it didn’t want any more bad publicity regarding their crypto product.

CBOE has withdrawn the VanEck/SolidX bitcoin ETF proposal (https://t.co/812Ym7U7Hh).
They haven't given a reason yet, but withdrawal implies that they expected denial & didn't want another SEC order setting bad precedent for the future.
There will be no bitcoin ETF in Q1 2019.
— Jake Chervinsky (@jchervinsky) January 23, 2019

Delay is Better than Rejection
Chervinsky’s statements draw inspirations from the SEC’s earlier concerns about the bitcoin spot market. The regulator had clarified that it would not approve a Bitcoin ETF unless the applicant ensures zero price manipulation in bitcoin’s underlying retail markets.
“This proposal had a very slim chance of success,” said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro. “SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has been stressing that the bitcoin market is not yet mature enough for an ETF.”
While the government shutdown put more pressure on the Bitcoin ETF process, VanEck took the correct decision by deciding to refile its application in the future. The firm must have realized how it couldn’t convince the regulator before the deadline. The shutdown, as it seems, gave VanEck a perfect excuse to voluntarily delay its ETF launch.
Source: CMC
At least it convinced retail traders, which didn’t react to the ETF withdrawal news, despite its vital significance to the Bitcoin trade market. The BTC/USD price action, after the time of the announcement, continued to trend between $3,500 near $3,600.
It proved that the investors remained hopeful for a Bitcoin ETF product this year, if not in Q1 2019. Had it been an outright rejection, the market could have suffered.
Now, VanEck expects to come back with a more prepared application. While the firm takes its time, Bitcoin market has proven that it is not dependent on centralized authorities to pursue its trends.
“The market’s lackadaisical response to this news is a clear sign that investors are starting to understand: the crypto market is not dependent on any government or financial institution and no single product or service has the power to make or break bitcoin,” Greenspan said in an email.
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CBOE May Have Withdrawn Bitcoin ETF Filing to Avoid Automatic Rejection

The advent of a U.S.-based, fully-regulated Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) has long been a hope for crypto’s most fervent dreamers. Yet, these dreams, deemed quixotic by most, was quashed on Wednesday, as reports arose that the foremost cryptocurrency ETF application was withdrawn from the care of the (partially-defunct) U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Related Reading: 58% of US Investors Would Invest in Bitcoin via ETF: Major Hedge Fund
CBOE Pulls Out Of VanEck Bitcoin ETF Deal
On Wednesday afternoon, the SEC released one of the most important crypto-related documents to-date. The two-page document, authored by SEC deputy secretary Eduardo A. Aleman, revealed that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) had withdrawn its proposed rule change that would have facilitated the listing of VanEck and SolidX’s collaborative Bitcoin ETF.
Therefore, the exchange, U.S.’ largest options market, effectively killed the proposal, which garnered mounds of support heading into 2018’s year-end. This document was filed on January 22nd, just earlier today.
Crypto’s analysts, industry commentators, and researchers quickly took to Twitter to touch on this unfortunate occurrence. Jake Chervinsky, a crypto-friendly attorney based in Washington, D.C., explained that the withdrawal “implies” that CBOE and its partners were already expecting an eventual denial.

CBOE has withdrawn the VanEck/SolidX bitcoin ETF proposal (https://t.co/812Ym7U7Hh).
They haven't given a reason yet, but withdrawal implies that they expected denial & didn't want another SEC order setting bad precedent for the future.
There will be no bitcoin ETF in Q1 2019.
— Jake Chervinsky (@jchervinsky) January 23, 2019

Chervinsky, who has quickly become a leading Bitcoin ETF commentator, added that the CBOE was likely acting in crypto’s favor, as it “didn’t want another SEC order setting a bad precedent for the future.”
Long story short, the Kobre & Kim lawyer made it clear that there will be no formal approval of a Bitcoin ETF in Q1 of 2019.
U.S. Government Shutdown?
While Chervinsky’s logic is sound, more speculation has raged regarding the application’s denial. More specifically, thoughts surrounding the ongoing U.S. shutdown, which has entered its second month, were rife.
Some claimed that if the ETF was approved by default, due to the SEC’s potential inability to issue a proper denial, the government entity would take swift action to take down the VanEck initiative. On the other hand, the SEC might have had to issue an automatic denial. Both of these scenarios would have likely dealt a larger blow than CBOE’s Wednesday withdrawal.
According to a Twitter user, who cited a purported Wednesday CNBC interview with VanEck chief Jan, the company claimed that the withdrawal of the proposed rule change was related to fears that the application wouldn’t get a green light. The Twitter user added that VanEck claimed that it needs more time to convince the SEC and other regulatory incumbents that Bitcoin’s market conditions can adequately support an ETF vehicle.

Jan Van Eck stated on air on CNBC ETF that it was because it wasnt getting passed and they needed more time to convince SEC about overseas bitcoin trading issues.
— JV (@JVWVU1) January 23, 2019

A tweet from Gabor Gurbacs, the head of VanEck’s crypto division, recently corroborated this. Gurbacs claimed that his firm still has ambitions to work with stakeholders and market makers to create a healthy ecosystem for such an investment instrument.
Interestingly, the crypto market has barely reacted to this news. At the time of writing, BTC has held above $3,550, while altcoins have also stood the ground. Yet, considering former crypto ETF developments, a move lower could hit the broader industry in the near future.
This news comes just days after Bitwise Asset Management and Wilshire Phoenix filed Bitcoin-related ETF proposals to the American financial regulator. Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has also made comments on crypto exchange-traded vehicles, claiming that it currently isn’t looking into approving such an offering, contrary to other reports.
This is breaking news, but NewsBTC will be sure to keep you in the loop in the hours and days to keep. Keep on checking in. 
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58% of US Investors Would Invest in Bitcoin via ETF: Major Hedge Fund

58% of American investors would prefer to invest in Bitcoin via an exchange-traded fund (ETF), a formal survey found.
Conducted by Bitwise Asset Management, a San Francisco-based crypto hedge fund, the survey saw participation from 150 financial advisors in the US market. When asked what would make them allocate Bitcoin in their client portfolios, 54% of them said “better regulations” and 35% said “the launch of an ETF.”
Investors Looking for Easy Access to Bitcoin
Bitcoin’s value dropped by three-quarters in 2018. The retail investors that fueled the rally of the digital currency fled during the crash, leaving behind early-adopters and traditional firms to protect its remaining value. Now, there is an adequate supply of discounted Bitcoins available in the market, but with inadequate takers.
Meanwhile, in the same bearish year in 2018, more high profile investors started bridging the gap between crypto and traditional finance. The relationship between the two distinctive industries improved when:

CBOE and CME launched and settled the world’s first bitcoin futures;
Fidelity became the first Wall Street firm to offer cryptocurrency custody and trading services;
The endowment of prestigious US universities, including Harvard and Yale, included cryptocurrencies in their funds;
ICE-backed Bakkt announced the launch of the first regulated physical bitcoin futures;
Nasdaq announced that it would launch Bitcoin futures 2.0 in early 2019.

Such an institutional breakthrough could change the future course of Bitcoin, predicted financial experts from both mainstream and crypto space. A Bitcoin ETF, according to them, could serve as the stepping stone for a tropospheric crypto adoption among the mainstream investors.
“The answer is that ETFs are a well-understood construct that is plug-and-play with the existing software platforms, paperwork, processes, and workflows that professional investors and firms use,” wrote Bitwise in Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano’s Off the Chain newsletter. “At a 0.25%-10% allocation, crypto isn’t a deep focus of most investors, and most aren’t going to reinvent the wheel [just] to access it. They need it to be easy.”

The team at @BitwiseInvest dropped knowledge bombs in today’s free installment of Off The Chain newsletter.
Everything you need to know about crypto ETFs. Read it and learn https://t.co/SaMCVeLGbl
— Pomp (@APompliano) January 22, 2019

US Government Shutdown
Pomp, also a founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital, also said that a true capitulation would happen when a Bitcoin ETF will get approved or when crypto regulations will become more transparent.
“I think our target from August of 2018 has been $3000, we came close once already, so we may just actually go back there or somewhere close,” he told BlockTV. “Along with that, over a long period of time, I tend to think that some of the bigger numbers that are thrown out will likely be accurate.”
Now, the ETF applications of both VanEck and Bitwise remain under review at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The US securities regulator would likely announce its decision the VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF by February 27. However, the ongoing government shutdown led by President Trump has furloughed 94% of SEC staffers. Bitwise believed that the political situation could prompt SEC to delay its decision on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF.
“The likelihood of giving the filing a complete review is in doubt,” the company wrote. “Bitwise’s own filing is complicated by the shutdown as well.”
In the same breath, Bitwise maintained its optimism, saying that political delays would not impact the growth of the crypto ecosystem.
“Each day brings greater regulatory clarity, improving custody options, greater futures trading volume, more established exchanges and trading venues, and more widespread understanding,” it said.
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