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SEC Rejects Valkyrie, Kryptoin Spot Bitcoin ETF Applications

Crypto asset managers Valkyrie and Kryptoin have both seen their physical Bitcoin ETF proposals disapproved by the SEC.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rejected two more physically-backed Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) proposed by Valkyrie and Kryptoin, respectively.

Both decisions, which can be found here and here, came on Wednesday, with the SEC providing the same arguments it used in the past when it rejected other applications.

According to the Commission, NYSE Arca and Cboe BZX Exchange, which filed respective proposed rule changes to list and trade Valkyrie and Kryptoin products, “failed to demonstrate that their proposals are consistent with the requirements of Exchange Act Section 6(b)(5)."

The SEC stated that this relates specifically to the requirement that a national securities exchange must be “designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices” and “to protect investors and the public interest.”

An ETF is an investment vehicle that allows investors to buy shares that track the price of an underlying asset. A Bitcoin ETF, as the name suggests, would give exposure to Bitcoin, saving the hassle of purchasing the cryptocurrency from an exchange and managing the private keys.

The SEC has repeatedly rejected or delayed all attempts to launch a Bitcoin ETF, even though American investors can access such products North of the border in Canada. Earlier this year, the regulator, however, greenlit several Bitcoin futures ETFs tied to Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) derivatives markets.

No Bitcoin ETF in 2021

The Commission’s latest move means that the market will not see a spot Bitcoin ETF this year, with the next important dates coming next month.

The SEC is due to rule on Anthony Scaramucci’s Skybridge Bitcoin ETF before January 22, with a decision on Fidelity's Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust application due on January 27.

In November, the regulator rejected a spot Bitcoin ETF application filed by investment firm VanEck, followed by the disapproval of WisdomTree’s filing in early December.

Last week, the SEC delayed for another 45 days decisions on Bitcoin ETFs proposed by digital asset managers Bitwise and Grayscale.

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