Although the crypto market’s year-long downturn has yet to reverse, this nascent ecosystem saw a positive announcement on Thursday, as a financial services provider refiled a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) application to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Leading Bitcoin ETF Application Refiled
Per previous reports from NewsBTC, one mere week ago, VanEck, CBOE, and SolidX Partners suddenly pulled their collaborative Bitcoin ETF application. While little was known initially, Jan Van Eck, the incumbent chief executive at the firm that shares his surname, took to CNBC’s “ETF Edge” segment to touch on his partner’s rationale behind the sudden shift.
In the interview, led by Bob Pisani, Van Eck explained that the government shutdown, which finally ended earlier this week, disallowed his firm from discussing pertinent regulatory matters with the SEC, run with a skeleton crew at the time. And as such, the three firms deemed it logical to pull their application, specifically in a bid to disallow an automatic rejection or approval, which could have catalyzed complications.
However, according to Gabor Gurbacs, the head of VanEck’s crypto division, the application has been filed again, this time, with the American government being fully open. On Twitter, the crypto believer wrote:
The VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposed rule-change has been submitted by CBOE. Hard work by all teams involved. Public document: https://t.co/X25lOPjiFS pic.twitter.com/C9FP4adDE8
— Gabor Gurbacs (@gaborgurbacs) January 31, 2019
From a preliminary look, the document, filed by the CBOE and released in tandem with Gurbacs’ tweet, is effectively near-identical to its previous, pre-shutdown filing. And as such, it can be assumed that the reopening of the government reassured VanEck that its Bitcoin investment vehicle proposal could be approved in due time.
Crypto Community Roars
As Gurbacs’ tweet propagated, echoing off the walls of the Internet, crypto’s most fervent commentators were quick to convey their thoughts on the matter.
Barry Silbert, the founder of the crypto conglomerate Digital Currency Group, quickly tweeted Gurbacs’ message on the matter, conveying the news excitedly to his followers. Mati Greenspan, Tel Aviv-based eToro’s in-house crypto researcher and trader, remarked that the refiling was “fast,” adding that the market is ready for such a product.
Others were more skeptical. Rhythm Trader, now going by Alec Ziupsnys on Twitter, noted that the “clock resets,” accentuating his belief that the refiling may have pushed the approval of such a product by months, if not a year or more. Bitfinex’d, an overt skeptic of much in the Bitcoin space, noted that the refiling was a bid to push the institutional narrative.
Interestingly, at the time of writing, BTC has barely moved off this news. This is cohesive with the market movement seen after the aforementioned proposal’s withdrawals, which made cryptocurrencies move lower by less than 1%.
This is breaking news, but NewsBTC will be sure to keep you in the loop moving forward. Keep on checking in.
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