SEC Asks Bitwise to Address Concerns About Proposed Spot Bitcoin ETF

The regulator’s concerns include possible share manipulation and liquidity.

AccessTimeIconFeb 2, 2022 at 12:43 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:05 p.m. UTC
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked Bitwise to clarify how the investment firm will prevent share manipulation, fraud and other potential issues in its proposed spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to a notice to the company on Tuesday.

  • The agency also flagged its concerns about the Bitwise Bitcoin ETP Trust's liquidity and transparency and requested more color on the “suitability” of bitcoin as the underlying asset for the fund.
  • The SEC’s request veered from its serial denials to date of other proposed spot bitcoin exchange-traded products (ETP).
  • Over the past two months, the agency has rejected spot bitcoin ETF applications from WisdomTree, Krypton, SkyBridge and Fidelity. It is weighing a number of other applications from investment firms.
  • In December the SEC delayed a decision on the spot bitcoin applications of Bitwise and Grayscale, a unit of Digital Currency Group, which is also the parent company of CoinDesk.
  • Bitwise will have 21 days to respond to the SEC’s concerns.

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