SEC Approves 11 Bitcoin Spot ETF Applications, Trading Begins Tomorrow

“Today, the Commission approved the listing and trading of a number of spot bitcoin exchange-traded product (ETP) shares,” said SEC’s Chair Gary Gensler in a statement.”The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that the Commission failed to adequately explain its reasoning in disapproving the listing and trading of Grayscale’s proposed ETP (the Grayscale Order). The court therefore vacated the Grayscale Order and remanded the matter to the Commission. Based on these circumstances and those discussed more fully in the approval order, I feel the most sustainable path forward is to approve the listing and trading of these spot bitcoin ETP shares.””Importantly, today’s Commission action is cabined to ETPs holding one non-security commodity, bitcoin. It should in no way signal the Commission’s willingness to approve listing standards for crypto asset securities.””While we approved the listing and trading of certain spot bitcoin ETP shares today, we did not approve or endorse bitcoin. Investors should remain cautious about the myriad risks associated with bitcoin and products whose value is tied to crypto,” he added.SEC’s Commissioner Hester M. Peirce also released a statement, saying that these ETPs could have been approved years ago.”We squandered a decade of opportunities to do our job. If we had applied the standard we use for other commodity-based ETPs, we could have approved these products years ago, but we refused to do so until a court called our bluff,” she said.

Gensler’s Statement / Archive
Peirce’s Statement / Archive
Approval PDF / Archive

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