ETF Applications Don’t Fit the SEC Archetype: Abra CEO

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The year began with hopes that cryptocurrency ETFs will be listed on prominent exchanges and help more investors dive into the market. However, ever since two proposals from the Winklevoss twins were rejected, the investors have been waiting anxiously for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve another proposal.

Since then, the agency has declined nine other ETF proposals from multiple entities. Two of the most important crypto ETFs first from the VanEck-SolidX Joint Venture and the second from CBOE is still awaiting a response. The rise and fall in expectations are causing ripples in the market but to no avail.

Why Is SEC Approval Still Off Limits?

Bitcoin ETFs will not be the first crypto derivatives in the market. Before this, Bitcoin futures were approved by the regulators. Bill Barhydt, the CEO of Bitcoin payment startup Abra has the answers to these vexing questions. Talking to CNBC on Tuesday, he said:

“I think the issue with the SEC, quite frankly, is that the people who are doing the applications don’t fit mold of who the SEC is used to approving.”

The former Goldman Sachs employee said that you couldn’t guess he was working at one of the top banks in the US if you looked at how he is dressed. He added:

“So, I probably, unfortunately, couldn’t go like I am here to a meeting at the SEC to say I’m applying for the ability to issue an ETF.”

The Crypto Markets Need an ETF

Though there is a debate about widespread adoption helping Bitcoin’s cause more than an ETF, the crypto community cannot deny that this instrument will bring several institutional investors in the market. Deep-pocketed institutional investors could bring renewed optimism in the industry and likely help in bringing another bullish phase.

Additionally, an ETF could help in bringing Bitcoin to the financial mainstream with regulated entities managing the investments. This could be helpful in curbing violent swings in prices. Note that cryptocurrencies have already shaved off over 70 percent of their December 2017 gains, entering a disappointing bearish phase.

Barhydt further comments that the SEC will only approve the Bitcoin ETF application which “looks, feels and smells” the way SEC wants. Applications from trusted financial institutions are, therefore, more likely to get approved as against a startup.

He also says that an ETF is “going to happen in the next year, I would actually make a bet on it.

ETF Applications Don’t Fit the SEC Archetype: Abra CEO was originally found on [blokt] – Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.