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Saturday, March 11, 2017

The SEC Rejects the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF

The SEC Rejects the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF

The Winklevoss’ quest to launch the first-ever bitcoin ETF sees a rejection by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Explaining the reason for its decision, the SEC published a public notice [PDF], excerpts of which can be found below.

“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.5 The Commission believes that, in order to meet this standard, an exchange that lists and trades shares of commodity-trust exchange-traded products (“ETPs”) must, in addition to other applicable requirements, satisfy two requirements that are dispositive in this matter. First, the exchange must have surveillance-sharing agreements with significant markets for trading the underlying commodity or derivatives on that commodity. And second, those markets must be regulated.”

Full story at http://bit.ly/2nex5ZJ

 

 

 

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