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Crypto Bulls Brace for Impact as US SEC Delays Decision on 6 Bitcoin ETFs

Jack Evans
Sep 1, 2023 at 06:48 pm

In the ever-evolving landscape of cryptocurrencies, anticipation has reached a fever pitch as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announces yet another delay in its decision on six spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications. WisdomTree, Invesco Galaxy, Valkyrie, VanEck, Fidelity, and BlackRock—all household names in the financial world—have been patiently waiting for regulatory approval to launch their Bitcoin ETFs.

The SEC's recent filing on August 31 sent shockwaves through the crypto community, as it revealed that the regulator would be taking an additional 45 days to meticulously evaluate the proposed rule changes. This extension pushes the final verdict date to October 2023, a date that now carries immense significance for the crypto market.

This latest postponement comes on the heels of speculations and reports that the SEC might consider ETF applications accompanied by surveillance-sharing agreements. In response, several firms hastened to resubmit their applications in a bid to align with the shifting regulatory landscape.

Furthermore, the decision follows closely on the heels of a significant court ruling that favored Grayscale's appeal. Bloomberg analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart hinted that the court's decision could pave the way for the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States, adding to the mounting excitement and intrigue surrounding the SEC's ultimate decision.

Notably, Bitwise's Bitcoin investment product remains outside the scope of this determination. The crypto community eagerly awaits the agency's expected update by September 1, which could mark a significant milestone in the quest for a Bitcoin ETF. The CEO of Bitwise has been vocal on social media, emphasizing that it is high time to move forward with a Bitcoin ETF after a decade of waiting.

In recent times, news related to Bitcoin ETF applications has proven to be a catalyst for market volatility. Following the favorable Grayscale ruling, Bitcoin's trading volume surged by an astonishing 44%, a clear indicator of the perceived institutional interest in the world's leading cryptocurrency. As a direct consequence, over 37,680 BTC were swiftly withdrawn from exchanges—a strategic move by investors looking to capitalize on short-term gains.

The crypto world is hanging on the edge of its seat, awaiting the SEC's decision on these pivotal Bitcoin ETF applications. As regulatory bodies deliberate and the market reacts with palpable anticipation, the outcome of this decision holds the power to reshape the crypto landscape. Will these ETFs finally gain approval, ushering in a new era of accessibility for institutional and retail investors alike, or will they face further delays and uncertainties? Only time will tell, but one thing remains certain—crypto enthusiasts and investors are in for a roller-coaster ride as they navigate the ever-evolving world of digital assets.

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