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Van Eck Associates and SolidX Seek SEC Approval for Bitcoin ETF

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 18:01
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Urvashi Verma
Van Eck Solid X Bitcoin Trust, a regulated ETF designed for institutional investors, seeks SEC approval
Van Eck Associates and SolidX Seek SEC Approval for Bitcoin ETF
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Two New York-based firms Van Eck Associates Corp. and SolidX Management LLC together are relaunching Bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds (ETF), according to reports by the Wall Street Journal.

The two companies filed an application on Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for permission to launch a regulated Bitcoin ETF.

The ETF, called VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust, is designed for institutional investors with a $200,000 per-share price and will be insured against theft and loss of access to the currency, the companies say.

The fund is based on data from U.S. over-the-counter trading desks rather than online exchanges to alleviate SEC concerns about transparency and price manipulations. But the companies have not revealed which trading desks they will use for price data at this time.

The SEC has taken a firm stance in the matter and has been reticent to approve cryptocurrency ETFs. The regulator has previously rejected the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust and SolidX’s application submitted in March 2017.
Despite these challenges, Van Eck and SolidX note increased regulation in the marketplace and a Bitcoin futures market may render a more supportive response from the SEC this time around.

The companies think they may have found a structure that can get approved. They told the WSJ they have restructured the product in response to SEC concerns and are awaiting approval.

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Urvashi Verma is a Chicago-based reporter who writes about the convergence of technology and business. She is interested in fintech, digital currencies, blockchain and currency markets. Urvashi formerly worked with the Times of Israel covering Israel's booming tech industry including Start-Up Nation, venture capital investment, and crowd-funding platforms.