US SEC Delays Decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF, Seeks Public Comment
The U.S. SEC has again delayed its decision on crypto index fund provider Bitwise’s bitcoin ETF application, soliciting the public for comment.
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again delayed its decision on cryptocurrency index fund provider Bitwise Asset Management’s bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF). The development was revealed in a filing published by the SEC on May 14.
In the recent filing, the SEC revealed that it has delayed its decision on whether to approve or disapprove Bitwise’s ETF, and also requested for a public comment from interested parties. The Commission thus asks interested persons to “provide written submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect to the issues identified above, as well as any other concerns they may have with the proposal.”
Bitwise initially filed for an ETF in February under the condition that the SEC would reach a decision in 45 days. The firm’s proposed bitcoin ETF reportedly differs from other previously proposed bitcoin ETFs in that it draws prices from a variety of cryptocurrency exchanges, with the aim of better representing the market.
In its original filing, Bitwise specifically states that its bitcoin ETF would require “regulated third-party custodians to hold its physical bitcoin.”
“Having a regulated bank or trust company hold physical assets of a fund has been the standard under U.S. fund regulation for the last 80 years, and we believe that is now possible with Bitcoin,” it says.
Тhe SEC had first delayed its decision on the Bitwise ETF application in March. Following the decision, the SEC was obligated to come to a decision on whether to approve the rule change by May 16, 2019.
Per today’s filing, the public comment period will last three weeks after the most recent amendments to the Bitwise ETF application are published in the Federal Register, followed by two weeks for responses.
In December of last year, SEC commissioner Hester Peirce, dubbed “Crypto Mom” by the community for her dissent with the SEC’s decision to reject a bitcoin ETF proposed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, said that a cryptocurrency or bitcoin ETF is “definitely possible,” but it could be years away.