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Take Two: SEC to Review Its Bitcoin ETF Decision

· April 26, 2017 · 9:00 am

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it will review its decision regarding the Winklevoss twins’ Bitcoin ETF.


SEC to Review Its Bitcoin ETF Decision

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will review its decision regarding the rejection of the Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

statement issued by the SEC in response to a petition for review of the Disapproval Order by the Bats BZX Exchange reads:

[…] it is hereby: ORDERED that the petition of BZX for review of the Division’s action to disapprove the proposed rule change by delegated authority be GRANTED; and It is further ORDERED that any party or other person may file a statement in support of or in opposition to the action made pursuant to delegated authority on or before May 15, 2017.

The SEC first rejected the Bitcoin ETF (COIN) proposed by the Winklevoss twins last month, citing risk of fraud and a lack of regulation in the Bitcoin markets. The statement in which the SEC rejected the COIN EFT reads:

As discussed further below, the Commission is disapproving this proposed rule change because it does not find the proposal to be consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Exchange Act, which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices and to protect investors and the public interest.

The petition filed by the Bats BZX Exchange will see the SEC’s action to disapprove the Bitcoin ETF reviewed and possibly amended. If so, COIN ETF shares would be traded on a public stock exchange, providing an easy way for investors to capitalize on the price of BTC without the need to deal with Bitcoin exchanges, wallets, private keys, and so forth.

Winklevoss Chose Bats Exchange For a Reason

As noted by Blockchain researcher and host of the Crypto Scam podcast, Tone Vays, ‎in a 2016 interview, it is very likely that the Winklevoss twins chose to work with the Bats BZX Exchange on the COIN ETF for this very reason. 

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“My guess is the reason that they changed is that Bats is the new kid on the block, so they push the issues a bit,” Vays explained. 

Not only does it make sense for the Winklevoss twins to identify with the Bats BZX Exchange due to the “experimental” nature of the COIN ETF, but it is also a great strategic move that ensured the exchange they partnered with would help them fight to see the Bitcoin ETF approved.

Vays continued:

Nasdaq might not have been helping the Winklevoss fight against the SEC to get this approved and maybe Batz said ‘you know what, we’ll throw your lawyers at it’.

The Saga So Far

The Winklevoss’ bid to see a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund on public stock exchanges is a saga that has been going on for roughly three years. It started with the filling of an S-1 form for the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust in May 2014.

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The Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust was based on the twins’ substantial Bitcoin holdings (roughly 1% of the total supply at the time) and had Math-Based Asset Services LLC as the sponsor of the Trust. Later that year, a follow-up filling was made in order list the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust as an ETF on the NASDAQ OMX exchange with the name “COIN.”

Two years later, in June 2016, the twins filed a document that would see the ETF listed on the Bats exchanged instead of Nasdaq. The same filing also saw the ETF offering increase from $20 to $65 million.

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) denied the Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin ETF, which lead to the petition by the Batz BZX Exchange.

Do you think that the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF will be approved after the SEC’s revision? If so, let us know why in the comments below.


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Any Bitcoin ETF Gaining Approval in 2017? Don’t Bet On It. Here’s Why

· March 14, 2017 · 4:00 am

The defeat of the COIN Bitcoin ETF turned out to be the story that wasn’t. Yes, it caused a sharp dip in the market, but this was filled within hours on Friday evening. Some say this is not a big deal because other ETF proposals wait in the wings. But the evidence says they will suffer a similar fate.


‘Significant Markets for Bitcoin are Unregulated’

Let’s take you back to Friday afternoon. The decision on the Bitcoin ETF was set to come down by Saturday, March 11th, so the SEC held up their end of the bargain. They did not delay the decision again, but said they will not approve the proposal. The deeper issue is why it was not approved.

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“Based on the record before it, the (SEC) Commission believes that the significant markets for bitcoin are unregulated,” the SEC said in a statement. “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.”

Bitcoin ETF a ‘Cause for a Pause’

This does not sound like a problem based on The Winklevoss Twins actual proposal, or a technicality. The problem the SEC seems to have is with the Bitcoin market overall. They specifically mentioned multiple global markets, plus a long time view of their progression towards regulation, which really isn’t in the offing.

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“The SEC made a strong statement and it listed its concerns, and I thought it did a very good job of explaining its rationale,” Phil Bak, the former head of ETF listings at the New York Stock Exchange told MarketWatch.

Bitcoin will mature as an investment over the coming years, but I don’t think we’ll see a change in how the SEC views it over that time. For the other firms trying to bring one to market, I’m trying to think of a nice way to say, ‘no chance in hell’ for their approval.

The Winklevoss Twins have been on this mission for almost four years and they have decided not to give up on the process. However, the reasons for denial have virtually nothing to do with the proposal, so where do they go from here?

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“They can obviously try again, and SEC membership continually changes, but getting rejected is usually a stop, or at least cause for a pause. I don’t know what the next steps would be,” said Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA.

“The SEC highlighted the unregulated market for bitcoin, and I don’t think the filers could do anything to change that,” Rosenbluth said.

Therefore, it appears that similar filings such as Barry Silbert’s Bitcoin Investment Trust will share a similar fate as COIN or at least until regulators get better oversight of Bitcoin and its related markets.


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Bitcoin ETF Rejected; Price Dips Below $1,000

· March 11, 2017 · 12:20 am

The Bitcoin ETF proposal (COIN) has been rejected by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which immediately sent the price plunging down to a $958.5 low.


Bitcoin ETF Rejected

The much anticipated Bitcoin ETF filed by the Winklevoss Brothers in mid-2013 has been officially rejected. The document outlining the decision states the reasons for the rejection:

Based on the record before it, the Commission believes that the significant markets for bitcoin are unregulated. Therefore, as the Exchange has not entered into, and would currently be unable to enter into, the type of surveillance-sharing agreement that has been in place with respect to all previously approved commodity-trust ETPs—agreements that help address concerns about the potential for fraudulent or manipulative acts and practices in this market—the Commission does not find the proposed rule change to be consistent with the Exchange Act.

This decision caused widespread community outrage since many believed that there was a fair chance that the ETF would be approved.

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Many users, including Andreas Antonopoulos, a prominent member of the Bitcoin community, took to social media to voice their disagreement:

Immediate Price Crash

Almost right after the decision was published, the price of Bitcoin saw a crash down to around $958 USD, translating to a decrease of almost 25% in a matter of minutes.

Bitcoin Price After ETF Decision

The price slowly recovered and had been fluctuating around $1,100 USD at the time of writing. Prior to the announcement, the price hit a volatile peak of $1,350 USD amid speculation that the ETF would be likely approved.

These large swings in price also caused increased trading volumes on Western exchanges, with Bitfinex and Bitstamp seeing a combined volume of almost 80,000 BTC.

Will Bitcoin price recover after this crash? Share your thoughts below!


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Banking on Bitcoin: A Movie About Bitcoin, Its Past & Future

· January 8, 2017 · 3:00 am

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The movie, titled “Banking on Bitcoin” has been released on January 6, 2017, in select theaters across the United States. It’s also available on VOD for those who can’t make it to the theaters.


Banking on Bitcoin, The Movie

Bitcoin is one of the most spoken about financial assets of this year. As the cryptocurrency’ price continues to soar, Gravitas Ventures takes moviegoers to a trip through the cryptocurrency’s timeline with its upcoming feature film.

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Banking on Bitcoin is filmed to offer a comprehensive view of Bitcoin’s past as well as the future. The most disruptive technology of this century has been embroiled in an ideological battle between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. While Bitcoin has the potential to offer financial liberation to its followers, the mainstream banking and financial institutions and governments are not too happy with it. Banking on Bitcoin offers in-depth coverage of some of the key players in the ecosystem.

Few cryptocurrency heavyweights featured in the film includes the likes of Charlie Shrem, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Barry Silbert, Erik Voorhees, Nathanial Popper, and Alex Winter. It offers an insight into how these personalities think about the revolutionary technology and what they believe lies ahead for it in the future.

Helping Clear Up Misconceptions

Gravitas Venture is one of the leading all rights distributor of independent cinema in the region. The company has working relations with over 500 content partners and it has a long list of movie titles across genres under its belt.

Gravitas Venture and the team behind Banking on Bitcoin are very happy with the outcome of the movie. The movie is expected to offer a better understanding of the cryptocurrency, the principle and ideology behind it, its benefits and more to moviegoers.

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The cryptocurrency, since its launch, has been struggling with slow adoption rate due to various misconceptions among the population. The mainstream media hasn’t been helping much either as most of them carry mixed views about the future of money.

Banking on Bitcoin is expected to help clear these misconceptions to an extent and potentially increase the adoption as well.

The movie is available for pre-order on the iTunes store.

You can also check out the trailer below:

Will you be watching Banking on Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below!


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