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WSJ editorial slams SEC’s ‘bewildering’ Bitcoin ETF denials

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The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has come out swinging in opposition to Gary Gensler’s “legendary” resistance to approving a spot Bitcoin (BTCexchange-traded fund (ETF)

The hard-hitting opinion piece, revealed on Wednesday, known as out the Gensler-led Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for overt inconsistencies in how the fee handles purposes for Bitcoin-related exchange-traded merchandise (ETPs) in comparison with extra conventional belongings and different commodities.

So far, Gensler’s SEC has rejected each proposal for a spot Bitcoin ETP, together with two within the final week from Grayscale and Bitwise, which resulted in Grayscale launching authorized motion in opposition to the SEC.

The editorial board stated the SEC hold-up was much more “bewildering,” given the company had accredited a number of ETPs for Bitcoin futures final yr.

These constant rejections led SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce to declare Gensler’s resistance to identify crypto ETPs as “turning into legendary,” questioning:

“At what level, if any, does the growing maturity of the Bitcoin spot markets and the success of comparable merchandise elsewhere tip the size in favor of approval?”

The editorial board has additionally drawn consideration to a two-pronged strategy employed by Gensler, which makes it virtually unimaginable to get a spot Bitcoin product accredited.

This contains requiring ETP sponsors to display {that a} important quantity of Bitcoin buying and selling happens on a regulated market or that the underlying market should “possess a singular resistance to manipulation past the protections…of conventional markets.”

According to the WSJ, Gensler is “absolutely conscious” that the primary standards merely can’t be met as a result of nearly all Bitcoin buying and selling at present happens on unregulated crypto exchanges.

The second criterion can be extraordinarily tough for sponsors to fulfill because the SEC has “arbitrarily established” a better commonplace for spot Bitcoin ETPs with out “explaining fulfill it.”

Related: The US Dept. of Commerce has 17 questions to assist develop a crypto framework

Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, informed his 107,000 Twitter followers that it was “good to see” the WSJ echo related ideas to his ETF analyst colleague James Seyffart — claiming that Gensler is “holding innovation hostage” to take management of the crypto market.

The piece comes one week after Grayscale launched authorized motion in opposition to the SEC for denying its utility to launch a spot Bitcoin ETF — claiming that the SEC’s inconsistent guidelines regarding spot and futures Bitcoin ETPs contradict the regulation’s requirement that regulators apply “constant therapy to related funding autos.”

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