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Thursday, December 8, 2022

One River’s spot Bitcoin ETF application rejected by SEC

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) maintained its good file for rejecting Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) functions Friday when it disapproved a rule change to permit cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund One River Digital to supply the One River Carbon Neutral Bitcoin Trust on the New York Stock Exchange Arca. The determination comes considerably forward of schedule, because the company had extended the original deadline to June 2 to permit extra time for consideration.

The fee wrote that, when contemplating One River’s proposed rule change, it utilized “the identical normal utilized in its orders contemplating earlier proposals to record bitcoin-based commodity trusts.” Specifically, the proposed rule change didn’t meet the SEC’s guidelines round fraud prevention. The SEC additional clarified:

“[…] disapproval of this proposed rule change does not rest on an evaluation of whether bitcoin, or blockchain technology more generally, has utility or value as an innovation or an investment.”

One River Digital was established in 2020 by Eric Peters, founding father of One River Asset Management, and is reportedly backed by billionaire Alan Howard, co-founder of Brevan Howard Asset Management.

Related: Cathie Wood’s Ark and 21Shares refile for spot Bitcoin ETF

Among the monetary organizations which have tried and failed to receive the SEC’s blessings on digital asset-based ETFs this yr are Fidelity Investments, New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) and Global X, in addition to Skybridge Capital.

Grayscale has been more militant in its efforts to receive approval for a spot-traded Bitcoin ETF. The digital asset manager has gone so far as to threaten to file suit against the SEC if its application is denied, and has not too long ago launched a campaign to drum up public assist for its application.