An effort to launch a bitcoin futures ETF saw a setback today after SEC officials pushed back against the proposal, public records show.
Last month, CoinDesk reported that New York-based money manager VanEck had filed to create the VanEck Vectors Bitcoin Strategy ETF, which would be used to invest in "U.S. exchange-traded bitcoin-linked derivative instruments...and pooled investment vehicles and exchange-traded products that provide exposure to bitcoin." It was one of a growing number of efforts to create financial products around the cryptocurrency that offer indirect exposure to investors.
Yet a new letter addressed to the SEC's Division of Investment Management, VanEck assistant general counsel Matthew Babinsky indicates that officials at the agency won't consider reviewing the firm's request because of the nascent state of the derivatives market for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
As a result, VanEck is seeking to pull back (at least for now) the filings it made in August.
The letter explains:
Babinsky added in the letter that, to date, "no securities have been sold in connection with the filing."
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