WisdomTree has joined a competitive race to be the first United States company to launch such a product on the local market. Other contenders include VanEck, which filed on Dec. 30, Valkyrie on Jan. 22, and Bitwise Asset Management and New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) in February. Recent rumors say investment bank giant Goldman Sachs could soon join them.
U.S. ETF firm looks to circumvent SEC restrictions
Simplify Exchange Traded Funds’ proposed ETF would hold up to 15% Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, with the rest being invested in the U.S. stock market
The filing shows how desperate United States financial firms are to launch a Bitcoin ETF despite the SEC’s longstanding opposition, which is based on market volatility, alleged manipulation, and the purported lack of liquidity. A number of straight Bitcoin ETF proposals are pending before the SEC, including projects by Valkyrie, Bitwise, VanEck, and even Goldman Sachs. Appetites have been whetted by the success of Canada’s Purpose Bitcoin ETF, which attracted more than a half billion dollars in its first few days.
CBOE files to list VanEck’s proposed Bitcoin ETF
Financial giant State Street will be the ETF’s fund administrator; Canada’s Evolve proposes Ether ETF
The Chicago Board Options Exchange, better known as CBOE, has filed to list the yet-to-be-approved VanEck Bitcoin exchange-traded fund.
Major bank haul: Coinbase, Gemini break into JPMorgan Chase
By taking on the regulator-friendly Coinbase and Gemini as clients, JPMorgan Chase has become the first large bank to knowingly agree to do business with cryptocurrency exchanges in years.
Two major U.S. cryptocurrency exchanges known for aggressively seeking regulatory approval, Coinbase and Gemini, have been accepted as JPMorgan Chase customers, breaking through an important glass ceiling in the financial industry.