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SEC reviews WisdomTree’s Bitcoin ETF Proposal

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The SEC published a public notice on Friday announcing that it would begin assessing and evaluating, asset manager, WisdomTree’s Bitcoin ETF that was filed in March. 

In addition to this, crypto investment managing firm, Kryptoin has also re-filed for a Bitcoin ETF.  It had previously done so in October 2019 and had proposed to list the ‘Kryptoin Bitcoin ETF Trust’ on NYSE Arca. However, in the refiling, that has been swapped to Cobe’s BZX exchange. 

These two applications have been filed at a time where the SEC’s table has eight similar applications for Bitcoin ETFs from firms like VanEck, ASkyBridge Capital, and NYDIG. The regulators haven’t yet approved any Bitcoin ETF to date, however, the tables might turn as the year progresses/ 

Bitcoin ETFs present institutional and retail investors a chance to invest in a regulated asset class that incorporates Bitcoin, without actually investing in Bitcoin directly. This provides a safe haven for them to park their funds in a market prone to volatility.

The SEC has also been evaluating VanEck’s application. The initial comment period for this filing closed on Friday with only five comments recorded at closing time.

The final call to approve or reject the filing would likely be announced next month. Interestingly, Bitcoin ETFs have already launched themselves in full swing in Canada and Brazil amongst other nations. 

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With a keen eye on the Indian economic ecosystem, Lavina Daryanani's writing predominantly revolves around crypto-happenings in the Asian markets. She has a strong background in journalism and a personal inclination towards business and financial reporting.