Cboe Prods SEC on Bitcoin ETF Approval in New Letter

In a new letter, Cboe Global Markets president Chris Concannon addresses some of the SEC's concerns about bitcoin derivatives markets.

AccessTimeIconMar 26, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 8, 2024 at 4:02 p.m. UTC

A senior executive for Cboe Global Markets believes that the market could support the launch of a bitcoin exchange-traded product (ETP), according to a new letter sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Chris Concannon, the firm's president, didn't directly push the agency to approve such a product. Rather, he cited data collected by the company through its launch of bitcoin futures late last year to make the argument that the market is moving toward being able to support an ETF.

was a response to a January release from the SEC, in which it outlined its concerns over approving an ETF, citing market fragmentation and investor protection shortfalls in particular.

In his response, Concannon noted that although they are young, the bitcoin commodity markets "are developing quickly," which is promising for future exchange-traded products (ETPs).

Concannon added:

"Looking specifically to bitcoin, the nascent futures markets are developing quickly and, while the current bitcoin futures trading volumes on Cboe Futures Exchange and CME may not currently be sufficient to support ETPs seeking 100% long or short exposure to bitcoin, Cboe expects these volumes to continue to grow and in the near future reach levels comparable to those of other commodity futures products at the time that they were included in ETPs."

"While Cboe shares many of the concerns raised in the Staff Letter, we believe that the vast majority of these concerns can be addressed within the existing framework for commodity-related funds related to valuation, liquidity, custody, arbitrage, and manipulation," the letter noted.

Speaking with Business Insider, Concannon remarked that he sees the markets for government-issued currencies and gold as being "probably more fragmented" than cryptocurrency markets, noting that "there are a lot of venues to access currency markets."

Correction: This article has been updated to attribute comments from Chris Concannon to an interview with Business Insider. CoinDesk regrets the error.


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