The US Securities and Exchange Commission has denied a bid to list a bitcoin-tied exchange-traded fund (ETF), citing the risk of fraud and a lack of regulation among the world’s bitcoin markets.
In that time, the SEC has solicited numerous public comments and punted its decision forward several times. As well, the ETF’s backers have expanded the scope of the offering from an initial $20m to $100m.
According to a publicly distributed notice detailing the decision, the SEC said:
The agency went on to specify that it believes a mix of regulatory opaqueness and fraud risk should preclude any kind of bitcoin ETF at this time.
The SEC said:
That said, the SEC left the door open to future exchange products tied to the digital currency.
“The Commission notes that bitcoin is still in the relatively early stages of its development and that, over time, regulated bitcoin-related markets of significant size may develop,” the document reads. “Should such markets develop, the Commission could consider whether a bitcoin ETP would, based on the facts and circumstances then presented, be consistent with the requirements of the Exchange Act.”
The full ETF decision can be found below:
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