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SEC Revisits Grayscale Ruling: Bitcoin ETFs Undergo New Review

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Reevaluates Bitcoin ETFs

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Alex Dovbnya

SEC reviews previous decisions on Bitcoin ETFs

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reevaluating its earlier decisions on Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • This includes a pivotal ruling concerning digital asset manager Grayscale
  • The review is in response to a federal appeals court order
  • The court order directed the SEC to review its previous denial of Grayscale’s application to convert its Bitcoin Trust into an ETF
  • This could potentially change the regulatory landscape for cryptocurrency-based financial products

Gensler’s cautious stance

  • During a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, the SEC Chairman was questioned about the criteria required for approving a spot Bitcoin ETF
  • The Chairman’s responses indicated that the SEC is still scrutinizing multiple aspects of Bitcoin and related financial products
  • This includes the Grayscale ruling
  • The specifics were not disclosed, but the tone suggested continued caution in assessing the market and infrastructure surrounding Bitcoin

Spotlight on the Grayscale ruling

  • A federal appeals court order required the SEC to revisit its initial refusal to convert Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust into an ETF
  • The court ruling pointed out that Grayscale’s proposed product did not have material differences from Bitcoin futures exchange-traded products already present in the U.S. market
  • Grayscale issued a letter to the SEC, claiming that there were no valid reasons for treating their product differently from futures-based Bitcoin ETPs
  • The court order only requires a review of the application, not an automatic approval

The decision to reevaluate the Grayscale application could have broad implications for the cryptocurrency sector. An approval could open the floodgates for traditional investment in Bitcoin, bolstering the digital currency’s legitimacy and market presence. However, the SEC’s ongoing reservations echo larger uncertainties about market volatility and investor security.

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