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Real Reason Why the SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF

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Only two days ago, August 23, the US SEC once again rejected all Bitcoin ETF requests, this time filed by Direxion and ProShares. Experts claim that the reason behind the rejection is fear of ETFs leading to fraud and market manipulation.

Winklevoss twins Bitcoin ETF proposal

About a month ago, the SEC stated that market manipulation is a real concern, which is why they rejected the Bitcoin ETF request filed by the Winklevoss twins. The twins managed to establish Bitcoin’s values through the use of their crypto exchange, Gemini, which is said to be strictly regulated.

However, this was not enough for the SEC, and the Commission stated that the markets can be relatively easy to manipulate, given the opportunity. Relying on one single exchange to dictate Bitcoin ETFs’ value would be exactly one such opportunity. Bitcoin ETF can potentially lead billions in new capital to the market, and this is too serious an amount, and represents a high risk to the economy, in general.

Prior to the refusal, the twins were convinced that their proposal actually had a good chance to be approved. This was additionally supported by Nasdaq’s involvement, which is the second-biggest stock market in the world. Nasdaq is involved in Gemini’s operations so that all tradings and the market itself would always remain authentic and completely transparent.

Direxion and ProShares made their own attempt

After the SEC rejected the request of the Winklevoss brothers, it received new proposals filed by Direxion and ProShares. Their proposals used CME and Cboe futures markets, which are also very strictly regulated, to try and establish their ETF’s value. However, the SEC found a flaw to this proposal as well and stated that, while CME and Cboe are, in fact, regulated markets, the BTC futures markets are not large enough to be used for establishing the value of ETFs.

According to the government enforcement defense and securities litigation attorney, Jake Chervinsky, the real reason for the SEC rejecting all of these ETFs is the risk of fraud and market manipulation. If the ETF’s design significantly lowers or even prevents these risks, then the SEC would approve it. Unfortunately, these ETFs are not designed in such a way.

He also said that the SEC was not satisfied with the two institutions’ efforts to only rely on the futures markets. This is due to the fact that the majority of BTC trading still goes down in unregulated exchanges and markets. This makes the BTC futures markets too small, as well as unable to provide enough information regarding the market participants’ identities.

In time, when the BTC futures market grows, and regulated financial institutions expand enough to create bigger futures markets, the SEC might change its mind regarding the ETFs backed by derivatives. However, for now, the SEC has no intention to approve marked-backed futures in the US. Even so, many believe that the ETFs filed by Cboe and VanEck have the highest chance to actually be approved in a relatively short period, which remains to be seen.

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What Caused So Many Investors to Turn to Bitcoin in 2017?

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Bitcoin (BTC) has been growing increasingly popular in recent years, especially in the last two. About five weeks ago, the coin celebrated its 10th birthday, however, while it has been an entire decade of its existence, it was basically unknown to anyone who is not a particularly interested in new technologies. This all changed in 2017, when Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed from $1,000 to $20,000, making it the biggest trend of the year.

Suddenly, the entire world heard of its name, and cryptocurrencies finally got their place under the spotlight. Investors continued to arrive at the crypto space, cash was flowing, hundreds of new coins emerged, and more optimistic analysts predicted Bitcoin’s price going even higher, potentially reaching $50,000, $100,000, and more.

However, as we know today, it was not to last. 2018 was barely a few weeks in when the market crashed, the prices started dropping, and investors started selling. The profits were quickly lost for anyone who did not cash out in time, and these days, Bitcoin’s price sits at around $3,812. The crash reminded everyone that cryptocurrencies remain as volatile as ever and that they still pose a risk for investors. But, people already knew this, so why did they invest in the first place?

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Top 5 Presidential Candidates Thoughts About Bitcoin

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The cryptocurrency space is growing larger and has more impact on our everyday life with each new year. Despite the low prices and market crashes in 2018, the situation on the market seems to be taking a turn for the better, especially after a new surge that started on February 8th. However, as we progress through another year of cryptos’ fight for survival and adoption, the 2020 US Presidential Elections continue to approach.

With that in mind, it might be worth knowing what the current major Presidential candidates think about the crypto space, and Bitcoin (BTC), in particular. Of course, no one can know who will get elected and whether the next US President will be a crypto investor or someone who will have no problems with imposing even stricter regulations that might limit the market’s potentials.

Even so, we can at least see what they had to say about the crypto industry, and form some sort of expectations regarding the future based on that. It should be noted that the list does not include every candidate, only the major ones, and those who decided to take a notable stance towards Bitcoin.

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Why Chinese New Year Affects Bitcoin (BTC)

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Bitcoin (BTC) lost about $100 in value in the last week, and, while reasons behind the drop in crypto prices can often be hidden and unclear — this time, that is not the case. The reason for this drop is believed to be the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebration was over more than a month ago for most of the modern world. However, things are a bit different in China. This is a country which is considered to be one of the oldest ones in the world, with a long and complex history. The country’s traditions are fascinating to many around the world, as so many of them are different from western culture. One of these traditions is the Chinese New Year.

The New Year celebrations in China start on January 28th, which was a week ago. The New Year itself is today, February 5th, although the celebrations and festivities are going to last until February 19th. For the people of China, and all those around the world who follow the country’s tradition, this is the time to relax, take a break, and perhaps travel and visit friends and family. But, what does it have to do with Bitcoin?

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