SEC Orders Proceedings to Rule on ETF, Seeks Further Feedback

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published an “order instituting proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove” the proposed Vaneck Solidx bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The SEC is asking for further public feedback on issues pertaining to concerns regarding the bitcoin market’s perceived vulnerability to manipulation.

SEC Institutes Proceedings to Rule on Vaneck ETF

The U.S. SEC recently published an “order instituting proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove a proposed rule change to list and trade shares of Solidx bitcoin shares issued by the Vaneck Solidx Bitcoin Trust.”

The SEC asserts that the “Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change,” however, emphasizes that the “Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved.”

“Rather, […], the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change,” the order states.

SEC Seeks Public Consultation Regarding Market Manipulation

The Commission is seeking public feedback regarding eighteen specific points pertaining to the exchange, including Vaneck’s “assertions that bitcoin is arguably less susceptible to manipulation than other commodities that underlie [exchange-traded products]”

The SEC states that it “is providing notice of the grounds for disapproval under consideration, adding that “The Commission is instituting proceedings to allow for additional analysis of the proposed rule change’s consistency with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act.” […]

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