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Kraken shows the door to Bitcoin SV [BSV]; joins Binance and Shapeshift to delist coin

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Kraken the American cryptocurrency exchange has officially tossed Bitcoin SV out of its platform. Following the likes of Binance and Shapeshift, the San Francisco exchange announced the delisting of BSV on April 17.

Kraken tweeted:

“The people have spoken. Kraken is delisting BitcoinSV”

As the Binance and Shapeshift decision collectively rocked the BSV market, Jesse Powell’s Kraken did not immediately join the delisting brigade. The exchange decided to gauge public opinion of a decision that could send shockwaves through the market.

On April 15, Kraken put out a pool, which saw over 65,000 respondents on the BSV-delisting issue. An overwhelming majority of over 72 percent backed the delisting option, stating that the coin is “toxic” to the community. Only a mere 7 percent did not want the coin to be delisted while the rest didn’t bother too much with the issue.

In a blog, Kraken also explained their motivation behind this move:



“Over the last few months, the team behind Bitcoin SV have engaged in behaviour completely antithetical to everything we at Kraken and the wider crypto community stands for. It started with fraudulent claims, escalating to threats and legal action, with the BSV team suing a number of people speaking out against them.

This aggression will not stand. Alongside other upstanding members of the community, and in consultation with more than 70,000 Kraken users, we have decided to delist Bitcoin SV. Deposits will be disabled April 22. Trading will cease on all trading pairs April 29. Withdrawals will continue until May 31.”

Unlike Binance that jumped the gun, due to the prominent support for the delisting approach, Kraken took a more measured path. It should be noted that Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance did float the possibility of a delisting days before the actual announcement. Several influencers backed delisting, not only from Binance but from a host of exchanges.

The delisting cry comes after the two spearheads of the project Craig Wright and Calvin Ayre have been launching legal notices to those who contest Wright’s claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto and call him a “fraud.” Peter McCormack and Hodlonaut are two prominent crypto-influencers that have been subjected to this legal charge from the BSV camp.





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SEC delays VanEck Bitcoin ETF decision days after delaying Bitwise proposed rule change

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SEC delays VanEck Bitcoin ETF decision days after delaying the Bitwise proposed rule change
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The Securities and Commission Exchange [SEC] has yet again delayed another Bitcoin ETF. This time around, the commission has decided to delay the VanEck Soldix Bitcoin ETF, one of the most awaited exchange-traded funds in the cryptocurrency community.

In the document released today, the exchange has asked for more comments on the proposed rule change and has also asked for further information on queries related to the exchange-traded fund. The commission stated that it has received 25 comments on the proposed rule change so far.  It stated,

“On January 30, 2019, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. […] filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, […] a proposed rule change to list and trade shares of SolidX Bitcoin Shares issued by the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust […] The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on February 20, 2019.”

It further stated

“On March 29, 2019, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, the commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change.”

Notably, the main concerns of the commission continue to be market manipulation and the measure taken by the platform to protect its investors. The commission is currently seeking comments on 14 queries pertaining to the VanEck Bitcoin ETF.



This includes the views of the ‘commenters’ on whether the exchange has entered “into a surveillance-sharing agreement with a regulated market of significant size related to bitcoin?”, the relationship between the Bitcoin futures markets and the Bitcoin spot market, with the focus being price formation, the relationship between the Bitcoin futures market and the proposed Bitcoin ETF, and the commenters’ views “of the Exchange’s assertions that bitcoin is arguably less susceptible to manipulation than other commodities that underlie ETPs”.

Gabor Gurbacs, Director of Digital Assets Strategy with VanEck said on Twitter,

“The VanEck SolidX #Bitcoin #ETF decision has been postponed by the SEC. We continue the hard work towards better-regulated, safer and more liquid digital assets markets. Bitcoin is too big to ignore. Vires in numeris!”





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