WisdomTree Bitcoin ETF Faces Further Scrutiny From SEC, Following Suite of Competing ETF’s

As another ETF is delayed, opinions vary on whether the SEC will take a more urgent approach to making their judgements.

By
John Tunney
on
July 15, 2021
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Blockchain News

Still No Crypto ETFs

The WisdomTree Bitcoin Exchange-Traded-Fund application has been delayed by the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC). The ETF-focused finance firm, WisdomTree, was the latest financial firm to test their luck with the SEC.

As of writing, their Bitcoin ETF application has been delayed by the SEC. WisdomTree’s delayed ETF application, according to CoinDesk, now joins the growing number of over 12 Bitcoin ETF applications under review by the SEC. 

According to Investopedia, an ETF is "a type of security that tracks an index, sector, commodity, or other asset, but which can be purchased or sold on a stock exchange the same as a regular stock".


Why the SEC Remains Hesitant

Manipulation concerns and investor protection remain the two prongs of SECs argument against approving crypto-based ETFs. In a Tweet from Ron Hammond, the director of government relations at Blockchain Association, he suggested that rumors currently floating around Congress point to the SEC not approving a crypto ETF in 2021. 


Others Remain Hopeful

Passing a crypto based ETF has been a complicated matter. Many have criticized the SEC for their long overdue regulatory approval, including Hester Peirce, a current SEC member.

The overly cautious approach the SEC has taken towards cryptocurrency has many believing there will be repercussions. 

As Colin Wilhelm’s Tweet shown above notes, United States senator Elizabeth Warren stated that “We can set the rules of this market (cryptocurrency) ourselves or sit back and let other countries do it.”

It would seem the desire to control the crypto space may begin to outweigh the FUD toward manipulation concern and investor protection.  


Final Thoughts 

The SEC delaying WisdomTree’s bitcoin application is not shocking news. The SEC recently delayed VanEck’s bitcoin ETF application in mid June, delaying the application for another 45 days.

It would seem the SEC is doing everything they can to avoid making a firm decision one way or the other. Yet as noted by Elizabeth Warren, time is running out, and playing the waiting game could have serious consequences. 

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John Tunney

John Tunney is an accomplished analyst and crypto enthusiast. The UCLA alum has been actively reporting and blogging for 3 years, and has a passion for all things finance.

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