SEC Postpones VanEck Bitcoin ETF, Yet Again. Should We Expect an Approval in 2019?

Yesterday, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) postponed its decision on the VanEck/SolidX bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal, signaling that the regulator is still not ready to see crypto-based funds being traded on regulated exchanges. However, while the general sentiment is that the agency will continue to push back, there’s a slight chance that a crypto ETF might come as soon as later this year.    What’s an ETF and how can it affect the crypto market?    In short, an ETF is a type of an…

SEC Shuts Down Ponzi Scheme Which Duped 300 Into ‘Diamond-Backed’ Cryptocurrency

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has halted a confirmed cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme after it took funds worth $30 million, the regulator confirmed in a press release on May 21. The principal behind Argyle Coin, Jose Angel Aman, is now subject to legal action for running a Ponzi scheme using funds he gained from investors in his alleged diamond resale outfit. Aman had previously drawn suspicion over similar diamond-related companies, each promising investors huge returns through the reselling of wholesale diamonds. Argyle Coin, it was claimed, had full…

NYSE Arca Files Proposed Rule Change with SEC for Bitcoin-, T-Bills-Backed Investment Trust

NYSE Arca has filed a proposed rule change with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an application to list shares in a bitcoin (BTC) investment trust that would be backed by the cryptocurrency and T-bills. The development was revealed in an SEC filing published on May 20. The Chicago-headquartered exchange — a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange Group — outlined that the proposed trust would invest solely in bitcoin and short-term U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of less than one year, also known as…

US SEC Postpones Verdict on VanEck ETF Application, Again

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has delayed its decision on the VanEck bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal, according to an official SEC filing on May 20. The SEC has added a 35 day period for gathering more information and opinions on the proposal, which was initially filed by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) last year. In January, CBOE withdrew its request for a rule change when the U.S. government shutdown decreased the SEC’s operational abilities, then subsequently reapplied on January 31 after the government shutdown…

SEC Still In Information-Gathering Mode Regarding Bitcoin ETF

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is “still in information-gathering mode” regarding a bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), the managing director of ETF.com told CNBC on May 20. Dave Nadig, managing director of а leading authority on ETFs, delivered his comments on the issue during an interview with the ETF Edge show. Nadig said: “It is clear the SEC is still in information gathering mode. […] Technically, there are deadlines, but honestly they [SEC] can do what they want, they can kick this down the road until they…

SEC Delays VanEck ETF Yet Again

In the Bitcoin industry’s Sisyphean struggle to secure a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF), the boulder is rolling back down the hill. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posted a notice today, May 20, 2019, that it is delaying its decision on the VanEck and SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal. With this additional extension (the first coming on March 29, 2019), the agency will have until August 19, 2019 to either approve, reject or delay the decision yet again; if it is delayed a second time, the agency will have…

Kik CEO Says Firm Spent $5+ Million on Negotiations With US SEC: Report

Ted Livingston, the CEO of Canadian-based messaging startup Kik, told cryptocurrency news outlet Coindesk that the company spent over $5 million on ongoing negotiations with the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The news was revealed in a report published on May 16. As Cointelegraph reported at the end of January, the SEC stated that it believes that Kik’s “Token Distribution Event” two years ago violated securities laws when the company raised $97 million during the sale. Following the SEC’s recommendation of an enforcement action in November 2018, Kik was…

SEC Uncertainty Looms Over Token Summit – Again

It looks like Kik won’t sue the SEC after all, founder Ted Livingston told CoinDesk. In a widely circulated story, the Waterloo, Ontario, company had promised legal action against an expected regulatory action, but the odds that Kik will pursue that seem to be diminishing, even if the company’s legal expenses are not. Nevertheless, Livingston would prefer the SEC take any action rather than continuing to delay. “What we’re saying to them is, ‘Stop dragging this out, if you want to go to court, if you think there is an…

Bitcoin (BTC) Capped, US SEC Delay, It’s now A Matter Of WHEN

Bitcoin (BTC) prices up but in tight ranges The US SEC delays their decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF After their decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF, all eyes are on the US SEC and whether they will finally approve any of the many applications. Even so, buyers are in charge with prices soaring 70 percent after breaching $4,500 resistance, now support. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals Over and above Satoshi’s objective of creating a global payment platform, Bitcoin is disruptive. The technology underpinning its success is likely to cause a paradigm shift…

US SEC Delays Decision on Bitwise Bitcoin ETF, Seeks Public 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…