In brief

  • The SEC has delayed a decision on a Bitcoin ETF proposed by Anthony Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital.
  • The review period of the offering has been extended until August 25.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again delayed making a decision on a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund)–this time, it's a filing by Anthony Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital which has been hit with a postponement.

As per a notice released on July 7, the SEC has extended the initial 45-day review period for the proposed rule change to list and trade shares of the First Trust SkyBridge Bitcoin ETF Trust on the NYSE Arca.

The review period was set to expire on July 11, after which the SEC had to either approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or designate a longer review period. Now this review period has been extended by another 45 days, until August 25.

NYSE Arca submitted an application for a proposed rule change that would see SkyBridge Capital’s Bitcoin ETF listed on the exchange on May 6. The Commission kicked off the review process for the filing later the same month, along with Fidelity Investments’ Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust, which, if approved, would be listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange.

The long road to a U.S. Bitcoin ETF

SkyBridge Capital’s proposed Bitcoin ETF is not the first to be hit with a delay from the SEC. Last month, the regulator postponed its decision on Kryptoin’s Bitcoin ETF filing to July 27.

Bitcoin ETFs are designed to track the price of the benchmark cryptocurrency, allowing institutional investors easy access to the asset without requiring them to actually hold Bitcoin themselves.

Countries including Canada and Brazil have already approved Bitcoin ETFs, but the U.S. SEC has so far been reluctant to approve any such product, citing Bitcoin’s volatility and the risk of market manipulation.

In addition to filings from SkyBridge Capital and Fidelity Investment, the Commission has received several other similar applications from U.S. hedge funds and asset managers, including WisdomTree, VanEck, and–most recently–by ARK Invest, which this week became the first firm to reveal the fee for its proposed Bitcoin ETF.