Bitcoin exchange-traded funds will “remain rejected” despite US regulators ordering a review into why it rejected one of them, a market analyst forecast August 27.
9 ETFs ‘Will Remain Rejected’
In weekly comments on cryptocurrency and traditional markets, Mati Greenspan, CEO of UK-based hybrid trading platform eToro, described the decision to look into the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rejection of the Winklevoss ETF “largely a procedural protest.”
As Bitcoinist reported earlier this month, it was Hester Peirce, the SEC commissioner known by her nickname ‘Crypto Mom,’ who ordered the review, claiming there was “no reason not to allow” it.
Yesterday’s staff orders disapproving SRO rules related to a number of bitcoin ETFs are stayed pending Commission review. See, for example: https://t.co/Ky9Z8t1E4q
— Hester Peirce (@HesterPeirce) August 23, 2018
Independent of the Winklevoss brothers’ fortunes, however, Greenspan considers it unlikely that the other nine applications the SEC rejected last week would face similar dissent.
“Unfortunately, it does seem that the 9 will indeed remain rejected and that Hester was only following protestful protocol by ordering the review. We’ll continue to watch for updates in this space,” he said.
‘Not Necessarily A Defining Moment’
As the regulatory debacle on ETFs rolls on, cryptocurrency community and industry sentiment are evolving rapidly.
In July, news that regulated cryptocurrency trading ecosystem Bakkt would launch before the end of 2018 sparked a wave of positive sentiment over the instrument, something which well-known figures have since scrutinized.
Andreas Antonopoulos, Nick Szabo, and others have voiced critical perspectives on ETFs, the former highlighting the negative impact of custodial institutional investment vehicles on Bitcoin’s long-term reputation.
Greenspan, too, appeared to paint ETFs as a mixed blessing.
“A bitcoin backed ETF is not necessarily a defining moment for crypto but it could potentially help put a bottom on prices,” he summarized.
Elsewhere, eToro also noted an increasing correlation between the behavior of crypto and fiat markets.
“…As investors, we (must) continue to closely watch what’s happening in the other markets in order to understand the context of the movements in the crypto market,” Greenspan said.
…As this new industry matures, the correlations between the stocks, commodities, currencies, and crypto are growing ever stronger.
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